If you experience a mental health crisis (when you no longer feel able to cope or are not in control of your situation) and you are not under the care of a mental health team, you can get help by dialling 111, booking an emergency GP appointment, visiting A&E or calling 999.
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.
What other support is available?
If you are suffering with PTSD, depression or other mental health problems, there are organisations you can approach for help.
The NHS has a comprehensive online library of information on mental wellbeing, ranging from bereavement to managing mental health at work.
Within the NHS, there are a range of mental health services that provide different types of care and treatment. This includes dedicated mental health services for service personnel approaching discharge from the British Armed Forces and veterans. These dedicated services are called the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).
Available across England, both of these services are provided by specialists in mental health who have an expert understanding of the Armed Forces.
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:
Please be aware as of Monday 27 January 2020 Combat Stress will not be taking new referrals in England and Wales. Referrals will continue as usual in Northern Ireland, and in Scotland.
Mind is a mental health charity offering advice and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems. They have online resources on mental health and guides to support and services. 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:
Schemes for veterans
The Royal British Legion lists NHS community services available to veterans. Professionals familiar with the mental health issues that can affect veterans deliver these services.
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