Ministry of Defence

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We work for a secure and prosperous United Kingdom with global reach and influence. We will protect our people, territories, values and interests at home and overseas, through strong armed forces and in partnership with allies, to ensure our security, support our national interests and safeguard our prosperity.

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Organisation Details

Address C/O
SO2 Mental Health
Pers Health & Wellbeing
IDL 6
Army Headquarters
Ground Floor, Zone 1,
Blenheim Building
Marlborough Lines
Monxton Road
ANDOVER, SP11 8HJ
Website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence
Twitter @DefenceHQ

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

In UK Defence, people are vital to us achieving our aims.  Looking after our people by managing stress, improving resilience, reducing stigma and providing excellent mental health and welfare support is key.

The Ministry of Defence has a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which includes a focus on suicide prevention.  We seek to understand the causes and risk factors that contribute to suicide, and to do what we can to reduce the level as much as we can.

Within Defence, and the Single Services (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force), we have a range of experts who contribute to suicide prevention.  This includes medical and mental health professionals, welfare, personnel and policy experts, and a range of other stakeholders.

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What are your current priorities?

Welfare provision, mental health, mental wellbeing and resilience are amongst our priorities in this area.

In general rates of suicide within Defence are no higher than the general population, and for the majority of populations are lower.  Young males within the Army are a group of particular focus.

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What challenges are you currently facing?

We wish to understand more about the causes and risk factors for suicide.  Defence is a large and complex organisation, and conducting near real-time analytics is a challenge for cases of suspected suicide.  We wish to collaborate with civilian organisations to share best practice and help us improve how we best support our People.

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