Veterans' mental health services
A number of service personnel and veterans are experiencing mental health problems and/or will be living in conditions which we would expect to adversely affect their mental wellbeing.
Annually 22,000 armed forces personnel make the transition to civilian life. Most do it without difficulty, however some find it more difficult and may need some help from mental health and social care provision.
Some individuals seek help, but there are many reasons why people do not. It may be a case of just simply not being aware of what services are available and how to access them. For others, the stigma around accessing mental health services can be a barrier.
NHS support in the East Midlands
NHS mental health services in the Midlands and East are now working in partnership with Mental Health Matters and charity Walking with the Wounded to improve access to mental health services for Armed Forces veterans, their families and carers.
The Midlands and East Veterans Service (MEVS) will be working together to ensure there is a proactive approach to care and treatment and a point of contact for servicemen and women and veterans when they need help support and advice.
LPFT’s Regional Lead for the new service Paula Jelly said:
The transition from military healthcare to NHS care should be seamless and the mental healthcare we provide should be the best available. There is recognition from the new service that there are already a number of different groups working together to help promote the health and social care wellbeing of Armed Forces veterans and their families, however, our approach aims to improve the direct provision from NHS mental health providers along with Combat Stress. This is an exciting and new opportunity to work in partnership with other Trusts and third sector organisations to continue to provide a high quality liaison service to Armed Forces families across the East Midlands.
Referrals to mental health services
Individuals can access the new service by contacting their GP. Or they can call the 24 hour Single Point of Enquiry Line on 0300 323 0137 for an assessment of their needs.