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Mental Health

World Mental Health Day: Personnel given new training

The programme aims to help all personnel develop and maintain top levels of mental fitness, the MOD says.

Picture: MOD.

A new mandatory annual mental health scheme has been launched across the UK Armed Forces.

The launch of the Annual Mental Fitness Brief (AMFB) coincides with Sunday 10 October – World Mental Health Day.

The programme aims to help all personnel develop and maintain top levels of mental fitness, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said.

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Under the scheme, military personnel will receive a compulsory mental health briefing, which they can get from Monday 11 October.

According to the MOD, the AMFB goes beyond the current strategy, by recognising how unique pressures of life in service can cause stress, and teaching personnel how to deal with it.

The initiative honours a commitment made by all service chiefs on last year's World Mental Health Day and builds on themes in this year's Defence Command Paper publication.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty said: "Not only is it vital for our personnel to understand what help is available to them, it is also essential our provisions are regularly updated with the latest in mental health research and science.

"The new programme will take place annually, ensuring our service people are equipped to support their mental health both on and off operations."