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Armed Forces: Stress

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks in (i) the Army, (ii) the Royal Air Force and (iii) the Royal Navy have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (244493)

The MOD's Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation has since July 2007 reported on the psychiatric morbidity of the UK armed forces, and quarterly reports for the whole of 2007 are now available both in the Library of the House and from the DASA website: www.dasa.mod.uk. Verified data for the whole of the armed forces covering all deployments is not available prior to 2007.

The DASA statistics report on the numbers of new attendances at MOD's Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) during each quarter. The DASA figures for the number of personnel newly assessed with a mental health disorder are broken down by Service and by officers and other ranks, although the Service totals are not broken down by rank. The DASA figures also report the initial mental health assessment made during the patient's first appointment.

The DASA figures are shown in the two tables, and refer to the calendar year 2007:

Service

Patients assessed with a mental health disorder in 2007

Patients assessed with PTSD in 2007

Royal Navy

510

18

Royal Marines

89

17

Army

2,316

122

RAF

847

17

Characteristics not known

155

6

Total

3,917

180

Rank

Patients assessed with a mental health disorder in 2007

Patients assessed with PTSD in 2007

Officers

251

9

Other Ranks

3,511

165

Characteristics not known

155

6

Total

3,917

180