Improved NHS veterans’ mental health services are available across England. If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support regardless of when you left the armed forces. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.
To access these services, you must meet the following criteria:
- be resident in England
- have served in the UK armed forces for a full day (or be a family member/carer who is experiencing difficulties relating to time and experiences of Military service)
- be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
- be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.
If you meet these criteria, you can self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity. Upon receipt of referral, you will be offered an initial assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a first clinical appointment two weeks thereafter. These appointments are available via telephone, video/online platform or face to face.
Do you need help?
To find out more, speak to a health care professional or service charity or use the contact details below to get in contact with your local service.
The North of England region has a single point of contact for ease. However there are regional contacts should you wish to liaise with the area directly.
Regional Single point of contact: 0800 652 2867 or email VTILS@cntw.nhs.uk
Yorkshire & Humber: 01482 335479 or email HNF-TR.email@example.com
North West England & South Cumbria: 0300 323 0707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
North East England & North Cumbria: 0800 652 2867 or email VTILS@cntw.nhs.uk
More information about the service can be found in the attachement below.