Improved NHS veterans’ mental health services are now available across England

NHS TIL logo NHS Blue RGBIf you are experiencing mental health difficulties, new NHS 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 a resident in England
  • have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
  • 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 face to face assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a first clinical appointment two weeks thereafter.  To find out more, speak to a health care professional or service charity or use the contact details here to get in contact with your local service.  pdf Veterans Mental Health TIL services brief LAUNCH April 2017 (118 KB)