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PERSONAL VIEW - A MILITARY COMBAT MENTAL HEALTH FRAMEWORK

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Military Health
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Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2020

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Abstract

This paper describes a framework for understanding Military Combat Mental Health based on the possible mental ill-health consequences of exposure to ‘potential trauma events’ for members of the armed forces and after their military service as Veterans. It uses a life-course approach that maps an individual’s mental well-being against four ‘states’: Fit, Reacting, Injured and Ill. It then considers 5 categories of factors that influence the risk of mental illness from this exposure based on research evidence; Pre-joining Vulnerability, Resilience, Precipitating, Treatment, and Recovery. This framework offers a structure to debate current knowledge, inform policy and therapeutic interventions, provide education, and to guide future research into the subject.

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