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Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

For those of you still serving the first port of call should be your local Medical Officers; the Chain of Command; the Padre.

For veterans the first port of call is you GP and for reservists the first port of call is the TA Chain of Command or your GP.
For more information on local services, if you cannot find the appropriate service listed below, please contact your Medical Officer or GP.


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Big White Wall

peer support network for civilians, serving personnel, veterans and their families.

Community members can offer each other support in as safe and anonymous environment, guided by trained mental health professionals.

www.bigwhitewall.com


Change Step

Covers Wales and is a peer-led mentoring and advice service for military veterans and others with PTSD or probable substance misuse.

www.changestepwales.co.uk


 

CAIS

CAIS is a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of personal support services in Wales.

www.cais.org.uk


Combat Stress

Provides confidential help and advice and support on mental health to the military community and their families.

www.combatstress.org.uk


Forcesline

Part of SSAFA (formerly Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), this support line offers confidential guidance on all personal, welfare issues including:

Depression

PTSD

Suicide

Alcohol & drugs

Discrimination

Depression

Debt

Relationship counselling

www.ssafa.org.uk/how-we-help/forcesline


Heads Together

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

www.headstogether.org.uk


Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds

Provides confidential support delivered by psychological well-being practitioners – the phone or skype. Open to service personnel, veterans and their families.

www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/hidden-wounds


 

Men’s Advice Line

Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner or from other family members. Offers emotional support, practical advice, signposting to other services for specialist help.

www.mensadviceline.org.uk


Military Young Carers 

Provides tailored 1-2-1 specialist support for young carers in military families who may be caring for a parent/sibling who has returned from combat duty with physical or emotional injuries or, for the parent who has health problems while their other parent is away with the military. Support is also provided to a child or young carer who may have to provide emotional support to a parent who has begun the transition from the Armed Forces back in to civilian life.  Also has links to military childrens’ adventure charities who provide respite for the young carer.

www.forcesonline.org.uk/veterans-directory/military-young-carers/


MIND

MIND provides information, advice and support on mental health issues and services.

www.mind.org.uk


 

NHS 111

Call to speak to a healthcare professional to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the care or treatment you need.

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-


RETHINK

RETHINK offers practical help and adivce on the following:

Mental illness

Financial support

Community care

Welfare benefits

Carer rights

www.rethink.org


Samaritans 

Provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicide.

www.samaritans.org

 


Standown

Provides psychological help and support to serving personnel, veterans and the families of the British Armed Forces who suffer mental trauma as a result of military service.  Support services include:

Counselling sessions

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing (EMDR)

www.standdowncharity.co.uk


 

Turning Point 

National health & social care provider to help people find a new direction in life and help tackle substance misuse, mental health issues or employment difficulties.

www.turning-point.co.uk


Veterans & Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP)

The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP) formerly the Medical Assessment Programme, provides mental health assessments for veterans and reservist who have concerns about their mental health as a result of service. Also provides information and advice to families.

www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/23247.aspx


Veterans with Dogs

Supports former members of the British Armed Forces, whose psychological or physical well-being may have suffered due to difficult past experiences and challenging life circumstances, via engagement with dogs.

www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk


Young Minds

Offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

www.youngminds.org.uk



MIDLANDS, NORTHERN & SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Beacon Counselling Trust

Based in Liverpool, the Trust operates a free counselling service for ex-service personnel and their families and has a residential facility in Anglesey.

www.beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk


NHS London Veterans 

Free NHS Mental Health Service available to all ex serving members of the U.K Armed Forces living in the Greater London Region or registered with a G.P in this area.

www.londonveterans.nhs.uk


NHS Humber Veterans Outreach Service

Mental health triage and assessment for military veterans registered with GPs across Yorkshire and Humberside.

www.humber.nhs.uk/services/veterans-outreach-service


NHS Pennine Military Veterans’ Service

Service to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of ex-service personnel and their families. Service covers the whole North West.

www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/military-veterans-service


South Staffordshire & Shropshire Veterans Mental Health Service 

Based in Stafford – works alongside current care providers in meeting the needs of veterans with mental health issues.

http://veterans.sssft.nhs.uk/veteranservices/south-staffordshire-shropshire-veterans-mental-health-services


South West Veterans Mental Health Partnership 

Supports veterans to overcome mental health difficulties by offering access to specialist assessment, treatment when required and relevant information and advice to meet their needs.

www.swveterans.org.uk


Virgincare: The SERVES Project (Surrey Engagement: Reservists and Veterans Emotional Support)

Supports veterans and reservists in Surrey who are experiencing problems with stress, anger, emotional distress and mental illness and offers support and advice in tackling these difficulties and improving emotional health and wellbeing.

www.firststeps-surrey.nhs.uk/serves/


West Midlands Veterans Mental Health Network

West Midlands Veterans Hub is a collaboration of eight NHS Mental Health service providers throughout the west Midlands region. In each area there is a Veteran’s Champion who co-ordinates, oversees and promotes the mental health care of veterans.

http://veterans.sssft.nhs.uk/veteranservices/west-midlands-regional-veterans-service



Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (NIAMH)

NIAMH is an independent charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing services in Northern Ireland.

www.niamhwellbeing.org


Veterans Services Northern Ireland

Site brings together information and services available for veterans.

Also provides information and advice on:
counselling service

PTSD

Adjustment disorder (AD)

Anxiety

Other mental health disorders.

http://www.veteranservicesni.com


Scotland

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

SAMH provides help, information and support on behalf of people with mental health problems in Scotland.

www.samh.org.uk


 

Veterans F1rst Point (V1P)

In Scotland – supports veterans and their families with a range of general welfare issues. Also has specialists in mental health and psychological disorders.

www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk


Wales

Veterans Wales

Veterans Health & Wellbeing Service offering psychological support, treatment & advice on benefits, employment & housing.

www.veteranswales.co.uk