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DEFENCE DAILY: Risk Of Self-Harm Linked To Length Of Service & Soldiers Prepare For Iraq Deployment

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The study looked at veterans living in Scotland who served between 1960 and 2012. (Image: PA Images)

Veterans Self Harm Risk Linked To Length Of Service

Research has found that people who have served in the Armed Forces for a short time are at increased risk of self-harm.

A research team from the University of Glasgow found that overall, veterans had a 30% increase in risk, but the highest risk was in people who left service before completing their initial training - they were found to have an increased risk of 70%.

Researchers said the findings suggest the biggest risk factors come from veterans' "pre-service life".

Armed Forces Charity Sees Calls Increase To Their Helpline

An Armed Forces charity is reporting a jump in calls from veterans and serving troops - with many concerned about debt and suicidal thoughts.

SSAFA says its helpline has received an 11% increase in calls from retired and serving personnel in the first half of 2018 compared to last year.

Soldiers Prepare To Deploy To Iraq

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Rifles have been stepping up their training in Norfolk as they prepare to deploy to Iraq on Operation Shader later this year.