Understanding Mental Health and Moral Injury in UK Military Chaplains

Project Details


We propose an interdisciplinary research project to measure the current state of mental health in retired UK military chaplains. This will entail a quantitative survey of retired military chaplains to assess their current state of mental health—specifically depression, anxiety, PTSD, secondary traumatic stress, alcohol and illicit drug use (including prescription drugs), and wellbeing—as well as assess how risk and protective factors predict mental health, including features of the chaplain role, moral injury, and cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and religious coping strategies.

Peter Lee (UoP) will be contributing a small amount of expert experience as a former military chaplain. Aaron Pycroft will contribute a small amount of expert advice concerning spirituality and justice.
Short titleMental Health and Moral Injury
Effective start/end date1/09/231/03/24


  • Taigh Mor Foundation: £4,063.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • moral injury
  • mental health
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma