Our research showing UK veterans up to 8 times more likely to experience gambling related harm than the general population features on this announcement from GamCare into a gambling support service specifically for serving members of the Armed Forces.
We’re hiring! Research Officer vacancy (deadline August 19th 2019) – further details here
The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study is working in partnership with Cognacity at Leon House to provide free gambling treatmemt and support for veterans. For more details, click here.
The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study was mentioned during a debate in the House of Lords, June 2019. In response to a question from the Bishop of St. Albans, Earl Howe, the Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, stated that the Study, funded by Forces in Mind Trust, was the first of it’s kind to assess gambling participation and attitudes in ex-service personnel. You can read the exchange here.
The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study was featured in the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2018_2019. You can read the CMO for Wales Annual Report here (the study is featured on p.58).
In March 2019, Simon and Tori attended the 2019 Veterans’ Mental Health Conference at King’s College, London. Tori displayed a poster describing the UK Armed Forces Veterans Health and Gambling study and received a lot of interest (but sadly no poster prize)! Simon even managed to remember to bring the poster back on the train.
Presentation at CONTACT meeting. In Decemeber 2018, Simon gave a brief presentation about the project to the assembled members of the prestigious CONTACT group.
First funder update meeting. In November 2018, Simon and Tori travelled to FiMT HQ in London to update Kirsteen, Ray, and Harry from FiMT about the progress made to date.
First project team meeting held. Members of the project team met in the plush surroundings of Sketty Hall in October 2018 to discuss the survey and plan further survey development, ethics applications, piloting and recruitment.
Presentation at DECIPHer seminar. Simon presented an outline of the project, and reviewed the international data on the prevalence of gambling related harm in Armed Forces veterans, at the DECIPHer seminar on the Public Health Impacts of Gambling, held at Cardiff University, September 2018.
New researcher appointed! Mrs Tori Miles MSc joined the project as lead researcher in September 2018. Tori brings with her a history of supporting veterans through her role as therapist with Help for Heroes and as a research trial manager at Cardiff University. Welcome, Tori!