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The Psychological Cost of War: Tackling Military Mental Health

Chatham House, London

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Participants

Patrick Hennessey, Author; Grenadier Guards Officer, British Army (2004-09)
David Rutter, Head of the Military and Veterans' Health Policy Team, Department of Health
Dr Suzy Walton, Trustee, Combat Stress
Professor Simon Wesseley, Director, King's Centre for Military Health Research Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Chair: Richard Norton-Taylor, Writer, Defence and Security, The Guardian

Overview

A significant proportion of soldiers develop mental health issues as a consequence of their time on the front line, including alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, amongst others.

In anticipation of the withdrawal of international armed forces from Afghanistan in 2014, the panel of experts will assess the level of support available to returning troops and identify gaps in the system. They will discuss what can be done by governments and organizations to offer the required assistance, and compare international approaches to tackling veteran mental health.