Date lodged: 21 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its report, Renewing Our Commitments, and the establishment of a fund for specialist mental health services for veterans, what action it is taking to help young recruits who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Answered by: Maureen Watt 28 November 2016
The Ministry of Defence is responsible for the healthcare of serving personnel through the Defence Medical Services (DMS). The primary role of the DMS is to promote, protect and restore the health of service personnel to ensure that they are ready and medically fit to serve.
For those individuals who leave the Armed Forces and have a mental health problem, arrangements will be put in place while the transition to civilian life is made to ensure mental health needs are met. NHS Scotland provides a range of mental health care, support and treatment for those who need it, including for PTSD.