Veterans' mental health

This page is for veterans of the armed forces and their families, and provides information and links to support veterans' mental health.

Veterans in England

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

It does not matter if you're due to leave the armed forces, just left the armed forces or left many years ago. Op COURAGE are there to help and understand the courage it takes to speak to someone.

You can contact the service yourself or ask your GP, a charity or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to do this for you.

The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support. 

Read more about Op Courage

Veterans in Scotland

Veterans First Point (V1P) has been developed by Veterans for Veterans, and is staffed by an alliance of clinicians and Veterans.

The service provided is free at the point of access and provided as part of the NHS.

Just drop into your local centre or give V1P a call if you feel you'd like some help or advice, whatever that may be, and V1P will arrange for a confidential conversation with an allocated peer support worker.

They'll help you develop a personalised plan outlining any therapies or personalised steps needed to help you get back on your feet.

Veterans First Point's website also signposts a range of contacts for Scottish veterans who need emergency help.

Read more about Veterans First Point

Veterans in Wales

Veterans NHS Wales offers a specialised priority service for people who have served in the armed forces at any time in their lives and who are experiencing mental health difficulties specifically related to their military service.

Each Local Health Board (LHB) has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with an interest or experience of military (mental) health problems.

Appointments will be arranged as close to the veteran's home as possible in a suitable venue.

Following the assessment the veteran may be offered treatment by the VT or referred on to other NHS teams or departments for further treatment.

The service can't respond to emergency referrals, but signpost an emergency contact, and advise that veterans in crisis should contact their GP or the Out of Hours Service.

Read more about Veterans NHS Wales

Veterans in Northern Ireland

Veteran Services Northern Ireland is a website which aims to bring together all the links relating to mental health support for veterans in one place.

See the Veterans Northern Ireland website