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New Forces in Mind Trust Report: Optimising the infrastructure in place to support the needs of veterans in Northern Ireland

A new report examining the support and service provision to the veteran population in Northern Ireland (NI), funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), was released today, 23 June 2017, by Ulster University. The report calls for the infrastructure in place to support veterans in NI to be better embedded in policy-making and statutory service delivery networks.

‘Supporting and Serving Military Veterans in Northern Ireland’ is the first output of the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS); a large scale study into the health and wellbeing of NI veterans.

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Forces in Mind Trust releases next Call to Mind Review in the UK Series: Findings from the Review of Veterans’ and their Families’ mental health needs in Northern Ireland

A new report outlining changes and challenges to mental health services for veterans in Northern Ireland, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), was released on 23 June 2017, and has identified that there is a need for greater support for veterans with mental and related health and social care problems from statutory services.

The review explores statutory mental health services for veterans, taking into account the sensitive issues within the context of the country’s complex history, current political landscape, and impact of equality legislation.

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Veterans need specific services to overcome addiction

The research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University looked at the impact of Right Turn and its effectiveness in supporting and assisting veterans to integrate more successfully back into civilian life.

The results established a number of positive outcomes for the veterans, with the primary finding showing that ex-military service personnel are most likely to engage positively to treatment and support services offered by others with experience of military life.

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FiMT and DSC release “Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision” report

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (20 June) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Mental Health Provision which, for the first time, provides an account of the range and diversity of mental health support from UK Armed Forces charities.

The report, the first in the new Focus On series, explores charities that make provision to support the mental health needs of the armed forces community. This report is unique in exploring the mental health areas being supported and the types of services being delivered by charities.

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Forces in Mind Trust releases Activity Report and awards new grant to Veterans Scotland

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) marks the end of its fifth year as a grant-awarding, evidence-generating Trust with the release of its 2016 Activity Report, which reviews the work and outcomes of FiMT funded projects and the Trust’s future direction. FiMT also announced the award of a new grant to Veterans Scotland at the start of one of FiMT’s busiest weeks to date with report launches scheduled for every day!

A significant section within the 2016 Activity Report describes the formal adoption of ‘Change Mechanisms’, a new but key element of FiMT’s Change Model. This Change Model has enabled the Trust to move towards a more proactive approach to identifying and filling gaps in evidence and support, and to promote collaboration and innovation.

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Higher levels of support needed for the most vulnerable Service Leavers across the UK

Service Leavers who are likely to struggle to adapt to civilian life should be identified by the Ministry of Defence before they leave the Armed Forces and offered tailored support to help transition effectively, according to two Veterans’ organisations. Armed Forces charities Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and Stoll, the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, are calling for services to be developed across the UK that ensure the most vulnerable Service Leavers receive the health and welfare support they need, and avoid homelessness and unemployment. Service Leavers who are most likely to struggle with adapting to civilian life include people with mental health issues, and those with no settled home or family life to go to after their transition into civilian life.

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Forces in Mind Trust funded multi-disciplinary conference on mental health and military transition held at Queen Mary University of London

Leading veterans’ mental health and other experts gathered today (Tuesday 16th May) at Demobbed: the psychological reality of veteran transition in the UK conference at the Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary University of London, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)

The conference explored mental illness in the context of transition from the UK armed forces. It considered the patterns of illness and recovery, and how public understanding may be focused on the wrong issues.

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22nd June – invitation: ‘Considering military identity in transition to civilian life’

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University and Addaction are hosting a free symposium on military identity, at which they will be launching the evaluation of Addaction’s ‘Right Turn’ recovery project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

The ‘Right Turn’ veteran-specific model of support service delivery was developed by Addaction Sheffield, who identified that a number of their service users had been members of the Armed Forces and they often proved difficult to engage in mainstream services.

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New Forces in Mind Trust Report: A Pilot Study to Support Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

A new report, identifying the challenges faced by ex-Service personnel who enter police custody and ways to better support them was released today (3 April) and has found that the ex-Serving personnel in this study who are identified at the point of contact in police custody have responded encouragingly to targeted support.

The report, ‘A Pilot Study to Support Veterans in the Criminal Justice System’, was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, to examine the engagement and impact of a pilot veteran intervention programme, Project Nova.

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The Forces in Mind Trust takes its sector briefing programme to the South of England

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) held two South of England briefing events, the first in Portsmouth on Thursday 30th and the second in Andover on Friday 31st March, which were attended by over 55 people in total. Attendees came from a wide range of sectors including the Armed Forces Community and the Armed Forces charity sector as well as other key stakeholders and interested parties who work to support ex-Service personnel, and their families.

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