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NHS England has launched a mental health service to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge. The newly commissioned £9million service – known as the NHS transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans' mental health service – will give access to a range of mental health services across the health and care system for 17,500 people during the next three years.
Veterans and service personnel approaching discharge can either self-refer or request referral via their GP or mental health provider, or through a military charity such as Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and SSAFA.
An initial face-to-face assessment will be offered within a fortnight and, where appropriate, a clinical appointment two weeks later. To get in contact with the service in Devon, people can:
call:0300 365 0300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans' Gateway is a group of organisations and armed forces charities which is often the first point of contact for veterans seeking support. Information on how to access the service can be found here.
Publication Date: May 2017