Implications of tours of duty on service personnel’s mental health
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Implications of tours of duty on service personnel’s mental health

Christopher Hall Staff nurse working for Norfolk and Suffolk, NHS Foundation Trust

An examination of the mental health issues affecting war veterans and how mental health nurses can support former service men and women

Many service personnel return home from overseas deployment dramatically changed by their experiences, but, unlike physical wounds, mental health issues are less visible and can be difficult to manage. The transition from military service to civilian life is a complex process that involves various dimensions. For most veterans the process is smooth and well managed, but for some the return to civilian life is challenging. This article examines some of the literature on mental health issues that can affect veterans and discusses some of the ways in which mental health nurses can support this client group.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 9, 14-20. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.9.14.s19

Correspondence

ckjr@btinternet.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 July 2015

Accepted: 29 October 2015