If you need immediate assistance with your mental wellbeing, you can also call the emergency services on 999 or visit your nearest Accident and Emergency service. You can also talk to your GP who can refer you to a specialist.
What can I find support for?
Many conditions and disorders can affect your mental wellbeing. Common issues include depression, grief from bereavement, loneliness, dementia and alcohol and drug misuse. Veterans can find support for all aspects of mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), from several organisations that seek to provide expert advice and assistance.
In Northern Ireland veterans can access dedicated support through the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office. The NHS also has a comprehensive online library of information on mental wellbeing, ranging from bereavement to managing mental health at work.
What other support is available?
Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For almost a century the charity has helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. On the phone and online. In the community and at its treatment centres. Services are free of charge to veterans. For support contact:
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund has a strong tradition of looking after the RAF Family in the UK and overseas. They support all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. They provide free access to mental health support and therapy through their wellbeing service. For more information, contact:
Mental health and disability
Under The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), you may be considered disabled if you have a mental health condition. This law gives you rights to protection against discrimination in all aspects of everyday life, including
- healthcare, and
- buying or renting a property.
Find out more about DDA and your rights on the NI Direct website.