Veterans: Mental Health

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) regular (b) reserve ex servicemen were classified with mental health problems by ICD code in each year since 2000.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ex servicemen were recorded as having mental health problems in each Service by ICD code in each year since 2000.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Mental Health Services Data Set does not capture this information. Therefore, the attached data is from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) dataset only.

IAPT is run by the National Health Service in England and offers National Institute for Health and Care Excellence-approved therapies for treating people with anxiety and depression. Data about the IAPT programme is available from April 2012 and it is therefore not possible to provide data for years prior to this.

The IAPT dataset records whether a referral is for a patient who has been a member of the British Armed Forces (BAF). It is not possible to identify the type of Armed Forces Service that the patient belonged to, or whether the patient was a regular or reserve veteran.

The number of referrals for ex-BAF personnel that have been received, entered treatment and finished a course of treatment for all years up to 2017-18, grouped by the type of diagnosis problem, submitted as an ICD-10 code, are displayed in the attached tables.

NHS Digital does not hold any further information about ex-BAF personnel with mental health problems. Some relevant data is also available from the Ministry of Defence website, at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-mental-health-annual-statistics-financial-year-201718

PQ216222,216221 attached data (Word Document, 39.53 KB)

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