Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many counsellors were employed in the armed forces in each year since 2010.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many psychologists were employed in the armed forces in each year since 2010.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

This Government takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that Defence personnel, their families and veterans are properly looked after; advice and support to personnel suffering with mental health problems is available from a wide range of sources, both within the chain of command and from specialists.

The Ministry of Defence does not employ counsellors or psychologists within the Armed Forces. However, civilian psychologists are employed by Defence Medical Services (DMS), and the following table sets out the number of civilian psychologist posts funded by DMS in each Financial Year since 2010;

For information on the range of measures which have been taken to support personnel with psychological injuries, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 June 2014, (Official Report, columns 159-60W) to the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Mr Jarvis).

Financial YearNumber of Psychologist Posts in DMS
2010-117
2011-127
2012-1312
2013-1415
2014-1515

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