The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study https://veteranshealthandgambling.org/ is a Forces in Mind Trust–funded project to examine gambling attitudes and behaviour, mental health, and use of healthcare services in Armed Forces veterans and non-veterans from the UK and Northern Ireland. International evidence points to increased risk of gambling-related harm in veterans, particularly during transition back to Civvy Street’ and previous studies in England have shown that veterans are at up to eight times more likely to exhibit problem gambling than non-veterans. Gambling-related harm has also been shown to extend to the individual’s family.
This study is the first UK-wide survey of its kind to investigate gambling-related harm and mental health in veterans and to estimate the associated healthcare costs of such harm. It will complete in 2021 and data collection will run from 2019. The principal investigator is Professor Simon Dymond, Department of Psychology, Swansea University Researchers and Professor Cherie Armour, School of Psychology, QUB is co-investigator. The study investigators would like to hear from NI-based veterans.
If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in taking part, please email: Veteranshealthandgambling@swansea.ac.uk or take part online at: https://veteranshealthandgambling.org/take-part-in-the-study/
Do please be aware that assistance is available for any veteran who requires it through Addictions NI. Addiction NI can provide specialist addiction support services for those veterans experiencing issues with addictions, as well as provide information, guidance and support to their families through the Armed Forces Covenant Trust funded ‘Recovery Together’ programme. Information about the Recovery Together programme can be accessed via a number of partners including:
• Veteran Support Charities
• UDR & R IRISH(HS) Aftercare Service
• Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office
For more information on referral, contact Inspire directly on: 03308 089 294.