Hundreds of military veterans are set to benefit from a nationwide scheme to tackle the most complex mental health needs of ex-armed forces personnel.
The Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service launched by NHS England on 1 April, 2018, has been designed after veterans and their families from across England were invited to tell the NHS how services would work best for them.
Backed by £3.2m of funding a year, the new service aims to help 450 veterans every year and will include help for substance misuse, physical health, employment, accommodation, relationships and finances, as well as occupational and trauma focused therapies.
Crucially the national service will focus on helping veterans closer to home, rather than requiring them to travel to centres for weeks at a time. There will be opportunities for families and carers to help plan treatment for their loved ones and they will even be supported to access care and treatment for themselves if required.
The service will be run by NHS providers, working closely with armed forces groups and charities, including Combat Stress.