Mental Health Issues

Whilst the majority of Service Leavers and Veterans have good mental health, there are some who experience difficulties with their mental health.

The most common mental health problems for ex-service personnel are:

Added to this can be alcohol and or drug misuse, where the individual use this as a way of coping with the emotions they are feeling.

There are a number of organisations who can provide help and support for those suffering from mental health problems, or those who are trying to support someone with a mental health problem.

  • Veterans NHS mental health Services  staff include veterans and civilians with a range of highly relevant and professional experience.
  • Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. The Big White Wall is FREE for UK serving personnel, veterans and their families.
  • The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP) provides assessment and treatment advice for veterans (who have deployed since 1982) and Reserves who have been deployed overseas since 1 January 2003 as a Reservist, and believe that their deployment may have affected their mental health.
  • Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity.
  • Help for Heroes psychological wellbeing service, H4H Hidden Wounds, can help Veterans and Armed Forces families living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or alcohol.
  • The Samaritans work to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.
  • Warrior programme is a 12-month structured support programme with an initial three or five-day residential motivation and training programme for veterans and veteran’s families.
  • PTSD Resolution Support veterans, reservists and families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life because of trauma suffered during service in the armed forces
  • NHS Choices – drug addiction – information and advice about drug-taking, getting help and support and understanding the effects of drugs.
  • Turning Point is the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland service for advice, referral and support for users and their families.

The 'Help is at Hand' guide is to support those who are coping with the bereavement of someone who may have died after suicide.

Help is at Hand: Support after someone may have died by suicide (PDF, 2.8 MB)


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