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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 would like to interview representatives from different organisations about the mental health needs of service and ex-Service personnel and their families and the services and resources currently available to them.

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 charity - 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 the Forces in Mind Trust’s mental health research programme. Dissemination of the findings will help raise awareness of the mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families.

Question MarkWhat type of questions will I need to answer?

We are asking people to take part in telephone-based interviews. The interviews will last for up to 60 minutes. We will schedule the interviews when it is most convenient for you. We will be talking to expert participants in depth about the issues involved.

We will ask about mental health needs of service and ex-service personnel and the availability and quality of services provided to them. We will also ask you to share with us your views on new ways of data collection on these issues. Finally, we will ask you to discuss our findings from the evidence review that we will share with you prior to the interviews.

Multiple Speech Bubbles How we will use what you say

We will write a report about the issues that you and others have spoken about for the Forces in Mind Trust, which will be published on their website. We will also work towards an academic publication that will be submitted to leading peer-review journals.

Padlock What will happen to any information I give?

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. Your personal details will be known only to the teams carrying out the research at NatCen Social Research. Personal data will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and destroyed six months after the completion of the project, in January 2020. We will never pass on your name or address to anyone else.

What are my rights?

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 as we rely on the voluntary cooperation of people invited to take part to get a clear understanding of the issues.

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 contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Question MarkWhy have I been selected to take part?

We have identified you as an expert in the field based on your professional characteristics and affiliation.