Op Courage is the NHS service that provides specialist care for those Armed forces veterans suffering from a mental health crisis.
The new service combines the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS), the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS).
This means that veterans can access the most suitable level of service for them across seven regions in England.
If you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales please see details at the bottom of this guide for help from the NHS with your mental wellbeing.
What type of help is available?
Op Courage responds to your individual needs including:
- Intensive medical care and treatment if you are in a crisis
- care and treatment for anyone displaying the early signs of mental health problems
- therapeutic treatment for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
- helping you to access other NHS services such as eating disorder services, and ‘Improving access to psychological therapies’ (IAPT)
- assisting with your wider health and wellbeing needs by working with charities and local organisations across housing, drug and alcohol misuse, finances and more
- helping you to transition to civilian life by ensuring you get mental health care and support from the Defence Medical Services
How do I get help from Op Courage?
You will need to:
- live in England and have served in the UK Armed Forces for one day
- be registered with a GP practice in England, or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
- provide your military service number or another form of eligibility
Urgent NHS help with your mental health if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales
Although you are not currently eligible for Op Courage the information below lists dedicated services.
Northern Ireland: Veterans can access dedicated support through the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office.
Scotland: veterans can access veteran-led mental health, and welfare support through Veterans First Point, part of
NHS Scotland. This includes guidance from experienced Peer Support Workers.
Wales: Through the Welsh Government the NHS has a Veteran Therapist in each Local Health Board.