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Mental health - information for veterans

South Tees NHS Trust

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was accredited as ‘Veteran Aware’ on Friday 9 November 2018. This mark of distinction means that patients who have served in the UK armed forces will be cared for by frontline staff who have received training and education on their specific needs, such as mental health, and who can signpost them to local support services. The trust is one of 24 NHS bodies across the UK that has received accreditation from the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance. The Alliance is made up of national bodies, including NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Ministry of Defence, and the Confederation of Service Charities.

Phone: 01642 850850

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Mental Health Foundation

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Most British military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service, or afterwards in civilian life. However they face unique risks in service and, if they do experience mental health problems, they may require particular treatments and particular mental health services. The mental health problems experienced by military personnel are the same as the general population, although experiences during service and the transition to civilian life mean that their mental ill health may be triggered by different factors. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance abuse affect a significant minority of service personnel and veterans.

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Op COURAGE: the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

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Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.

Phone: 0300 373 3332

Email: OpCourageNORTH@cntw.nhs.uk

SSAFA

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For service men and women and veterans coping with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or any other psychological problems. SSAFA is there to help you feel less alone. With their network of volunteer caseworkers and specialised services, they can provide the individual help you require to safely and happily recover.

Phone: 0800 731 4880

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Combat Stress

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Combat Stress are the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. They have been helping former servicemen and women deal for a century with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today they provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and a future.

Phone: 0800 138 1619

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PTSD UK

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PTSD UK exists to share information and raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - to help everyone experiencing PTSD

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Help for Heroes

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Help for Heroes believes that those who put their lives on the line for us, deserve a second chance at life. They provide lifetime support for the Armed Forces Community and their families. Their vast network of professionals and partners not only help serving members of the Armed Forces, but also ex-Servicemen and women and their families. This is achieved through physical and emotional rehabilitation and recovery. They also identify new career opportunities and offer financial and welfare support.

Phone: 01748 834148

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BLESMA

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BLESMA are the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives, offering financial and emotional support to them and their families. Since WW1 we have worked tirelessly to guarantee that our limbless veterans are not failed, forgotten or to left to fend for themselves.

Phone: 0208 590 1124

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Boro Man Can

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Boro Man Can is a place created by Middlesbrough men (whether they work, rest or play here). The website features real Boro men's stories, to inspire hope and action for other Boro men to live longer, and feel better. You'll find details of services and groups (from board games to pub quizzes, book clubs to men's sheds, cooking groups to allotments) to meet blokes of all ages who want to do better, live longer and more healthily, and simply be happier.

Visit: Boro Man Can website