If you need immediate assistance with your mental wellbeing, 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.
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.
NHS England has launched the Transition, Intervention and Liaison (TIL) mental health service. Provided across England, the service seeks to increase the access to, and treatment of mental health services for veterans and members of the Armed Forces who are approaching discharge. Find out how you can access the help provided, and see contact details near you.
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:
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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