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Combat Stress holds first business symposium to highlight specialist support for Veterans and Reservists in workforce

Combat Stress has today convened the first ever business symposium on The Military Mind to highlight the specialist mental health support available to Veterans and Reservists in the workforce.The Military Mind

Experts from the Department of Health (DoH), the Ministry of Defence and the corporate sector have joined with clinical specialists from Combat Stress to explain the opportunities and challenges for businesses with employees who have served in the Armed Forces.

Speakers at the event sponsored by Thales include Dr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services at Combat Stress, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Dave Rutter, Head of Armed Forces and Veterans’ Health Policy at the DoH.

Dr Busuttil will speak about research, treatment and transition pathways open to Veterans and Reservists; you can watch his presentation at noon here

New research by Combat Stress has revealed that ex-Service personnel would have better employment prospects if businesses understood their mental health needs and how to access specialist support.* 

The research shows that among UK business decision-makers:

  • Three quarters (75%) agree that UK businesses don't know enough about external support available to Veterans with psychological injuries in the workplace
  • Three quarters (75%) say that UK businesses would hire more veterans if they had expert advice on how to understand and support them in the workplace
  • Nearly three quarters (72%) agree that UK businesses should have specific HR policies in place to provide advice and support to Veterans in the workplace (for example, advice on accessing specialist psychological support)
  • More than two thirds (68%) agree that UK businesses have a responsibility to know whether any members of their workforce are veterans or reservists.

Dr Walter Busuttil, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Combat Stress,comments:

“Veterans and Reservists have a wealth of skills they can bring to a business environment, but worryingly despite recognising this, too many companies are reluctant to hire Veterans due to fears around their mental health.

“We are heartened that most businesses do want expert advice and, together with our corporate partners and Government colleagues, we are putting an end to the stigma and discrimination affecting Veterans.”


*ComRes Polling

ComRes interviewed 500 UK business decision makers by telephone between the 2nd and 12th March 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all UK businesses with a turnover of £50,000+ by company size, sector and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables are available at