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Request for Expression of Interest from Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is requesting Expressions of Interest for ‘The mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel: A review of the latest evidence and key stakeholder perspectives’.

FiMT wishes to commission a documented, systematic review of relevant high-quality literature on the current scientific environment and changes and gaps in evidence concerning the field of serving and ex-Service personnel’s (and their families’) mental health.

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Behavioural Insights Team to help engagement with Service families

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has been awarded £131,307 by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), to assess whether empirical insights from social and behavioural sciences can help Service leavers’ families benefit more from services that support transition from the Armed Forces.

The need for this project came from work around families which FiMT has been developing over the last couple of years, when problems with engagement have been highlighted.

This year-long project is the first phase of what will be a two-phase project.

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Homeless Veterans Help Build Their Own Homes

The Forces in Mind Trust has awarded a grant of £70,000 to the Community Self Build Agency (CSBA) to enable them to continue with their work helping veterans who have particularly struggled with housing and employment in the transition to civilian life.

After an initial pilot in Bristol seven years ago, the reach of the project, which aims to help disadvantaged veterans build their own homes and achieve lasting employment, has expanded across the South West and beyond. CSBA works to increase confidence and skills, so that a veteran completing a self-build project leaves with a significantly improved lifestyle and feels a valued part of the community.

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The Forces in Mind Trust Sector Briefing Events – York and Nottingham

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has held two briefing events, the first in York on Thursday 16th and the second in Nottingham on Friday 17th November, which were attended by over 80 people. Attendees came from a wide range of sectors including the Armed Forces Community and Armed Forces charities as well as other key stakeholders and interested parties who work to support ex-Service personnel and their families.

The events, which were the last in a series of regional briefings in the existing format, were led by Chief Executive of FiMT, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, and supported by his executive team.

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New research finds mental health stigma is not a main barrier to ex-Service personnel seeking help

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded research released today, Tuesday 14th November, reveals stigma does not have a significant impact in preventing ex-Service personnel from seeking help for mental health problems. Research by King’s College London shows that the decision to seek help is mainly influenced by the veteran’s perceived need for treatment.

Information was gathered from 62 in-depth telephone interviews with male veterans who had left the Armed Forces in the last five years. Interviews focused on veterans’ perception of their own mental health, of barriers and facilitators to help seeking, and their mental health care experiences.

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Clore Experienced Leader Programme – closing date 27 November

Are you a committed, senior leader with multiple responsibilities? Does your role require you to drive change and inspire high performance whilst handling complex relationships? Do you aspire to truly empower others? Do you wish you had more time to develop your own leadership skills with a group of peers who will support and challenge you in equal measure?

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New research centre established to support Armed Forces Community

Forces in Mind Trust provides grant funding to Anglia Ruskin University to develop and operate a UK-based facility for easy access to UK and international research on veterans and their families

The new centre launches with free to use, state-of-the-art online hub

Policy makers, professionals and members of the public with an interest in ex-Service personnel and their families will be among those to benefit from a new research centre set up specifically to support the research needs of the Armed Forces Community, which launches this week.

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Ex-Service personnel, employment and mental health – CLOSES 31 October 2017

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) in collaboration with Centre for Mental Health and King’s Centre for Military Health Research, a part of King’s College London, is issuing a highlight notice under FiMT’s Mental Health Research Programme (MHRP) as part of an initiative to encourage high quality research in the field of veterans’ mental health. The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage applications that propose innovative ways to identify, evaluate and/or propose new methods of improving employment/under-employment in former UK Armed Forces personnel with mental ill-health.

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New Forces in Mind Trust Award: Assessing Public Attitudes towards ex-Service Personnel in Northern Ireland via the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILTS)

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded a grant of £31,500 to Ulster University, to produce a report on public attitudes towards ex-Service personnel in Northern Ireland.

Currently there is no evidence base which provides insight into how the general public view ex-Service personnel in the region. While work has been done to assess public attitudes towards policing in the years following the Good Friday Agreement, there is no equivalent for ex-Service personnel.

The report will be based on answers generated from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILTS), the largest public attitudes survey in NI, and covers a range of modules on community relations and attitude towards particular groups in the region.

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