Meeting the needs of women veterans in mental health services

Project Summary:

Women veterans in the UK are less likely to use veteran-specific mental health services than men, and report feeling as though these services do not meet their needs.  This project aims to improve our understanding of women veteran’s mental health needs and experiences of mental health services, in order to co-design guidance and recommendations for mental healthcare professionals providing support.

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is in collaboration with the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Salute Her. It is due to complete in Spring 2023.

Participate in this project:

This project is still recruiting participants. We are looking to talk to both:

  • Veterans who identify as a woman, have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, have experienced mental health issues after military service and in the past 5 years, and reside in England.
  • Mental healthcare professionals who have worked in a role in the past 5 years supporting or providing services or treatment for mental health to women veterans in England.

Taking part will involve a virtual or face-to-face interview or focus group. You will receive a £20 Amazon Voucher for taking part as a thank you for your time.

Enter your details below to register you interest, and you will be sent more information on this project and contacted by our research team. There is no obligation to continue with the study once you register your interest.


Project Outputs:

You can read more on the preliminary research that formed the basis of this project below.

Gender differences in barriers to mental healthcare for UK military veterans: a preliminary investigation | BMJ Military Health