‘Op Courage’ veterans’ mental health service
Find mental health information and support for veterans, service leavers, reservists, families and carers.
Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families. It is important to get help and support if you or someone you know has mental health problems.
NHS mental health advice and urgent help
If you need support for a specific mental health condition, you can find information through our A-Z of mental health conditions.
If you want help from a charity, you can:
find local or specific mental health charities
get help from armed forces specific charities
Op COURAGE: the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
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.
How Op COURAGE can help
Op COURAGE can help you and your family with a range of support and treatment, including:
supporting you with intensive emergency care and treatment if you’re in a crisis
helping you transition from military to civilian life by providing mental health care with Defence Medical Services (DMS)
supporting armed forces families affected by mental health problems, including helping you access local services
helping you recognise and treat early signs of mental health problems as well as more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
helping you to access other NHS mental health services if you need them, such as finding an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) and eating disorder services
helping you get in touch with charities and local organisations who can support your wider health and wellbeing needs, such as housing, relationships, finances, employment, drug and alcohol misuse and social support
Who will I speak to?
Everyone at Op COURAGE is either from the armed forces community or is experienced in working with serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families.
They understand military life and the courage it takes to speak with someone. They will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support and treatment.
Who Op COURAGE can help
To receive help and support from Op COURAGE, you must:
be a resident in England and have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
provide your military service number
It does not matter how long ago you left the armed forces. You can contact Op COURAGE even if you left many years ago.
You can also contact Op COURAGE if you are still serving but have a discharge date.
Contacting Op COURAGE
You can contact the service in many ways, including:
directly getting in touch yourself, or through a family member or friend
asking a GP to refer you
asking a charity to refer you
The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support.
It is important to contact the Op COURAGE for your local area. This allows them to give you the best support they can provide.
Call 0300 323 0137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (includes the Op COURAGE urgent care and support service for the Midlands).
Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme
The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) specialist service that provides mental health assessments and treatment advice for veterans and reservists.
It works closely with the NHS and DMS to provide appropriate treatment.
You can usually only access this service if a GP refers you to it. Ask your GP about a referral if you feel your time serving in the armed forces has affected your mental health. -
If you need to talk to somebody, Combat Stress have a dedicated mental health support helpline for veterans and their families.
This provides confidential advice and support and is free to call for veterans, family members and carers.
This helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 138 1619.
Togetherall is a mental health support service that provides:
anonymous, round-the-clock online support with trained counsellors
a supportive community, including forums for safe conversation
free resources to help you improve your mental health
All armed forces serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families can access these services at any time.
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