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Transition Study

Mental Health, Help Seeking and Health Care Experiences after Leaving the UK Armed Forces: A Telephone Interview Study

Principal Investigators:

Professor Sir Simon Wessely
Sgn Capt (rtd) Professor Neil Greenberg
Dr Sharon Stevelink

Study Coordinator:

Dr Laura Rafferty


Some personnel who leave the UK Armed Forces may experience mental health problems which might be improved if they seek mental health care. Whilst some personnel actively seek help for the problems they are experiencing; others are less keen to do so or find it difficult to access civilian mental health care services. This study aims to find out about why military veterans may, or may not, seek help for mental health problems in order to improve the way that mental health care is delivered.


This is a follow-on study to our long-term study investigating the health and wellbeing of military personnel. We hope this study will lead to a greater understanding of the mental health, treatment needs, and barriers to care for ex-serving members of the UK Armed Forces. Our aim is to produce results which may inform future mental health services for ex-serving personnel, and may also help to break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking the help that they need.

The study runs until July 2017 and is funded by Forces in Mind Trust, a UK charity.

The study protocol has been reviewed by the Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Research Ethics Sub-Committee at Kings College London (REF: PNM RESC HR-15/16-2125).

To find out more information about the study you can click on the 'Participant Information Booklet' link to the right. 

To access our signposting booklet detailing sources of support click on the ‘Signposting Booklet’ link to the right.

Contact Details:

Dr Laura Rafferty

Transition Study
King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR)
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN)
Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ

Direct Line: 020 7848 5685

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