Op Courage is a new 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.
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
One of the biggest challenges we face with veterans mental healthcare in this country is making sure those who need help know where to turn. Op Courage, a collaborative piece of work between NHS England and the Office for Veterans Affairs, will provide a clear single route for accessing specialist care. Looking after our veterans is a national responsibility in which we all have a role to play. We all have a duty to ensure Op Courage is known about and understood up and down this country. Help is available; you can get better. Speak up. Have courage. (Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer)