Help for Heroes Future Needs Study

Help for Heroes Future Needs Study

  • New statistical analysis by Help for Heroes, estimates the total number of British men and women who may be left injured or sick following wars in Afghanistan and Iraq may be as high as 74,991.
  • New data obtained by Help for Heroes shows that 220,560 troops have been sent to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.
  • Almost 22,000 have been medically discharged from Forces since Afghan conflict began.

Backed by Professor Neil Greenberg – the Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead for Military and Veterans’ Mental Health and Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London - the analysis pieces together the latest academic research and information from a series of new Freedom of Information requests submitted to the Ministry of Defence.

Facts released for the first time:

  • A total of 220,560 individuals were deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq between January 2001 and March 2014 can be revealed. Many of those deployed will have undertaken as many as seven tours.
  • 21,756 men and women were medically discharged from the British Armed Forces for a variety of physical and mental health reasons since wars began in 2001.
  • Of the 220,560 deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, 59,992 (27.2% ) may develop a mental health issue at some point.

Using these figures, and existing academic research, Help for Heroes believe that the total number of British men and women left wounded or sick after Britain’s recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq may be as high as 74,991.

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