Take part in the UK Veterans Family Study
Are you the spouse/intimate partner, or child (now 18+) of a military veteran living in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales?
The UK Veterans Families Study team want to hear from you! They want to know about the support, environments and situations that have impacted the mental health and wellbeing of your family since leaving the military.
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will then be asked to complete a survey which should take approximately 60-90 minutes – the length of time varies from person to person as some of your answers will determine what follow-on questions you are asked.
If you complete the survey you will be entered into a draw to win a £50 voucher.
This project, conducted by King’s College London and Queen’s University Belfast is in collaboration with Cardiff University and Veterans NHS Wales, Glasgow Caledonian University, Anglia Ruskin University, and Combat Stress. It is funded funded by Forces in Mind Trust plus the National Lottery Community Fund.
As well as exploring the relationships between family members, the team wants to investigate the contribution of the local community to family mental health and wellbeing and identify what services are used by veteran families, as well as what barriers to care might exist.
Professor Chérie Armour, Director of Research and Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, said:
Our research will be pivotal in facilitating the design and implementation of family specific supports for those who need them for many years to come. It is therefore important that we can hear from as wide a group of veteran family members living in the UK as possible. By identifying the key future needs of veteran families going forward the research has the potential to inform policy, programme and initiative creation, and future research for years to come, with veteran families across the UK benefiting from these changes.
If you have any questions you can contact the research team directly. The study runs until November 30th, 2022.