Defence in the media: 29 November 2018

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of an RAF charity initiative to improve the mental wellbeing of serving personnel.

RAF charity launches mental wellbeing initiative

Outlets including The Daily Telegraph, Daily Record, Press & Journal and the Herald all report that the RAF is to fund a mindfulness app for troops. Research by the RAF Benevolent Fund found that 39% of surveyed personnel struggling with mental health had been too embarrassed to seek help, while 76% said they preferred to deal with their problems alone. As part of the initiative, the RAF will fund access to the Headspace mindfulness app, workshops and seminars.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, the chief executive of the Fund, is widely quoted. He highlights that there is an "increasing complexity" to many issues and says "the fund has developed a package of practical initiatives that will make a real difference to the lives of  RAF personnel and their families.”.

Image of the day

Personnel from across British Forces Cyprus played their part in supporting HMS Diamond during her short visit to Cyprus as a part of her wider mission in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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