Armed forces mental health data

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MEMBERS of the Army and Royal Air Force are more likely to need treatment for mental health problems than members of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.

Data from the Ministry of Defence shows there were 6,700 new episodes of care at all its departments of community mental health in the last year.

The highest rate of patients needing help were in the Army and RAF, where there were around 29 patients per 1,000.

There were 22 patients per 1,000 in the Royal Navy and 15 from the marines.

An spokesman said: ‘The mental health of our service personnel and veterans is a top priority. That is why this government has committed £7.4m to improving services.’

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