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Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new referrals to each department of community mental heath there (a) were in 2008 and (b) have been to date in 2009. (266934)

Statistics on referrals and initial assessments at the MOD’s 15 Military Departments of Community Mental Health are collated and published quarterly by the Defence Analysis and Statistical Advice organisation {DASA). Data for 2008 are currently being validated. DASA plans to publish data for quarters one and two of 2008 in April 2009, quarters three and four of 2008 in June and an annual report for 2008 in July. Data for the first quarter of 2009 are currently being collected.

Data provided in the following table and text below updates that provided in my previous answer to the hon. Gentleman on 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1299W. The changes are a result of two personnel who were seen in 2007 not being recorded until 2008. Please note that all figures relate to new attendances and not referrals.

The Ministry of Defence’s 15 military Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) across the UK, plus satellite centres in Cyprus and Germany, provide out-patient mental health care for members of the armed forces. The following table provides the number of new attendances at the DCMHs during 2007.

DCMH

New attendances in 2007

Aldershot

394

Brize Norton

654

Catterick

720

Colchester

340

Cranwell

239

Cyprus

82

Donnington

385

Faslane

178

Germany

578

Haslar

307

HQNI

146

Kinloss

166

Leuchars

154

Marham

211

Plymouth

488

Tidworth

379

Woolwich

228

Total

5,649

The figures record all new attendances at DCMHs (i.e. people who have not attended a DCMH previously), and therefore does not include those who were receiving treatment which started prior to January 2007.

The figures include all people who attended a DCMH appointment, not all of whom will have been subsequently diagnosed to have a mental disorder. Of the 5,649 service personnel seen for initial assessment during 2007, 3,920 personnel (69 per cent.) were diagnosed with a mental disorder.