Mental health initiatives for veterans and serving personnel

  title={Mental health initiatives for veterans and serving personnel},
  author={John Cooper and Mark C Creamer and David Forbes},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
It often falls to general practitioners to identify and manage service-related mental health problems. 
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Impact of Combat Stress on Mental Health Outcomes: BRFSS Survey Data 2006

Age was found to be associated with poor mental health outcomes, but was an equal association in both veterans and non-veterans, suggesting thatmental health outcomes have not been worsened by recent changes in combat characteristics.



Treatment Outcome in Australian Veterans With Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Cause for Cautious Optimism?

Overall, the group showed significant improvements in core PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, social dysfunction, and anger, and the current study provides grounds for cautious optimism in the treatment of combat-related PTSD.

War-related psychological stressors and risk of psychological disorders in Australian veterans of the 1991 Gulf War

Service in the 1991 Gulf War is associated with increased risk of psychological disorders and these are related to stressful experiences and can be explained partly as a ‘war-deployment effect’.

Mental health problems, use of mental health services, and attrition from military service after returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Combat duty in Iraq was associated with high utilization of mental health services and attrition from military service after deployment, and the deployment mental health screening program provided another indicator of the mental health impact of deployment on a population level but had limited utility in predicting the level ofmental health services that were needed after deployment.