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Mental well-being interventions in the military: The ten key principles

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Military Health
Early online date28 Apr 2021
DOIs
Accepted/In press13 Apr 2021
E-pub ahead of print28 Apr 2021

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Abstract

Organisations including the United Kingdom Armed Forces should seek to implement mental health interventions to increase the psychological well-being of their workforce. This editorial briefly presents ten key principles that military forces should consider before implementing such interventions. These include job-focused training; evaluating interventions; the use of internal versus external training providers; the role of leaders; unit cohesion, single versus multiple session psychological interventions; not overgeneralising the applicability of interventions; the need for repeated skills practice; raising awareness and the fallibility of screening.

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