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10 March 2023

Veteran's Mental Health Conference 2023

The King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCHMR), the leading civilian centre of excellence for military health research in the UK, presented the 2023 Veterans Mental Health Conference, with presentations from across the military mental health sector.

Johnny Mercer giving a presentation at the Veteran's Mental Health Conference 2023

The one-day conference, which was hosted in the offices of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and supported by the Forces in Mind Trust, explored the latest research efforts from experts exploring veteran mental health and wellbeing.

“This conference provides an opportunity to update colleagues from across the sector about the latest developments in military mental health research. I’d like to share my thanks to all of the researchers who took the time to present, as well as to all of the delegates who helped to make this such a success.”

Professor Neil Greenberg, a Professor of Defence Mental Health at KCMHR and one of the event’s organisers

The day opened with comments from Professor Sir Simon Wessely and a series of presentations on the use of psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD.

This was followed by a series of updates on non-drug related treatments for PTSD, as well as the treatment of moral injury related mental health conditions by Dr Victoria Williamson (KCMHR) and Amanda Bonson (Combat Stress).

The afternoon was opened with a presentation from Johnny Mercer, Minster for Veterans’ Affairs, who provided an update on the current strategy for veterans’ mental health.

Finally, the day was closed out with a PhD showcase, judged by a panel of experts.

Johnny Mercer said of the day, “This conference has been running for years. It’s brilliant to be with a community that represent so much of the help that is available out there. The work that they do is absolutely invaluable to what we’re doing at The Office for Veterans’ Affairs.”

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