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The mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families

Systematic evidence review and key stakeholder perspectives

NatCen Social Research will be reviewing high quality evidence on this topic from the UK, published in English since August 2012, including grey literature and articles published in academic journals.

We will also interview key stakeholders from government, health services, academia and Armed Forces charities. The research has been commissioned by Forces in Mind Trust and will inform their Mental Health Research Programme priorities.


Documentwithrosette Who is carrying out the research?

This research is being carried out by NatCen Social Research.

NatCen Social Research is the UK’s leading independent social research agency. We’re proud to have been carrying out research on behalf of government, charities and other organisations for nearly 50 years.

We are a non-profit organisation, completely independent of government departments and political parties.

This study is being carried out on behalf of Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). Forces in Mind Trust is a registered charity that aims to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.


Newspaper Why take part?

Findings from the review will be used to guide the priorities for Forces in Mind Trust’s Mental Health Research Programme. Dissemination of the findings will serve to raise awareness of the current mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, to highlight gaps in evidence, and to inform policy makers and service providers in relevant decision-making.


Question Mark How can I take part?

If you would like to suggest a source of information that we should include in the review, please email the research team at giving full details (e.g. author, organisation, title, date and place of publication).

We are also contacting a number of key stakeholders to arrange in depth telephone discussions of the issues raised by the review.  If we have contacted you about this, it is because we have identified you as an expert in the field based on your professional characteristics and affiliation.

If we have not contacted you and you would like to contribute your views, please email the research team at


Multiple Speech Bubbles How we will use what you say

We will write a report about the issues for Forces in Mind Trust, which will be published on their website ‘Reports’ page.


Padlock Our privacy policy for your personal data

We will treat information you give in strictest confidence under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The results collected are used for research purposes only and no-one looking at the findings will be able to identify you in any way. Your information will be used for the purposes of this research only.

NatCen will carefully manage your personal data through legitimate interest, which is our lawful basis for processing. Personal data will be stored securely and destroyed once the research is over. We will never pass on your personal data to anyone else without your agreement.

Participation in the research is not compulsory and you have the right to withdraw at any stage. We hope that you will choose to take part.

During the fieldwork period you have the right to request that your data is amended, if it is not accurate, or that your data is deleted.

If you wish to lodge a complaint you can do so by contacting NatCen Social Research at or 0800 652 0201. If we are not able to resolve your complaint you can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.