Support for Veterans

Mental illness is common and can affect anyone, including serving and ex-members of the armed forces and their families.

Some people cope with support from family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives. Others need clinical care and treatment, which could be from the NHS, support groups or charities.

Although it’s completely normal to experience anxiety or depression after traumatic events, this can be tough to deal with.

Furthermore, the culture of the armed forces can make getting help for a mental health problem appear difficult.

Some people may not experience some of these symptoms until a few years after leaving the armed forces.

They may also delay getting help for a number of reasons, such as thinking they can cope, fear of criticism, or feeling that NHS therapists will not understand.

If you think you or your partner may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help from the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) or the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS). To access these services, you need to go through TILS. This can be done by contacting the service directly by phone: 0300 365 2000 or by email: [email protected], or by asking a GP or a military charity to refer you.

More information about the support available for armed forces and veterans and how to access it is available here>

Local Listings

Crossroads Gloucestershire

Crossroads Gloucestershire is a charity based in the Forest of Dean which provides practical help, support and social opportunities to carers and those they care for across all ages and disabilities.

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Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary’s (police) website provides a range of advice and resources on where to get help, how to report crimes and tips and advice.

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Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that aims to give people the power to speak up and stop crime anonymously.

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Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders is a national charity which provides an eating disorder helpline to help encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

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Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

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www.nhs.uk/live-well

Advice, tips and tools to make the best choices about your health and wellbeing to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

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Run things

Run things is a not-for profit virtual running club that focuses on fighting isolation and social anxiety among users.

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Every Mind Matters

Simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting your mood or sleeping better.

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Scope

Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales providing practical and emotional support. Their online disability forum is a supportive space for disabled people, parents and carers to get disability advice and information and to talk to people with...

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Guideposts Gloucestershire

Guideposts Gloucestershire is a charity that supports people living with long-term conditions, disability or caring responsibilities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

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Cotswold Friends

Cotswold Friends is a local charity which helps and supports older and vulnerable people in the North Cotswolds.

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The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a free confidential charity helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Reengage

Reengage is a national charity which exists to provide social activities and friendship for people over 75 who live alone. They have created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions for anyone over the age of 75 who feels lonely or...

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Community Help Hub

Community Help Hub is a service provided by Gloucestershire County Council aimed at connecting local people who need help with others who can provide the support they need.

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Age UK

Age UK is a charity offering services for older people over the age of 55 including a meals delivery service and a befriending service.

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Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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National Listings

Crossroads Gloucestershire

Crossroads Gloucestershire is a charity based in the Forest of Dean which provides practical help, support and social opportunities to carers and those they care for across all ages and disabilities.

read more

Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary’s (police) website provides a range of advice and resources on where to get help, how to report crimes and tips and advice.

read more

Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that aims to give people the power to speak up and stop crime anonymously.

read more

Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders is a national charity which provides an eating disorder helpline to help encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

read more

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

read more

www.nhs.uk/live-well

Advice, tips and tools to make the best choices about your health and wellbeing to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

read more

Run things

Run things is a not-for profit virtual running club that focuses on fighting isolation and social anxiety among users.

read more

Every Mind Matters

Simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting your mood or sleeping better.

read more

Scope

Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales providing practical and emotional support. Their online disability forum is a supportive space for disabled people, parents and carers to get disability advice and information and to talk to people with...

read more

Guideposts Gloucestershire

Guideposts Gloucestershire is a charity that supports people living with long-term conditions, disability or caring responsibilities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

read more

Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

read more

Cotswold Friends

Cotswold Friends is a local charity which helps and supports older and vulnerable people in the North Cotswolds.

read more

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a free confidential charity helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

read more

Reengage

Reengage is a national charity which exists to provide social activities and friendship for people over 75 who live alone. They have created a new telephone befriending service for older people called call companions for anyone over the age of 75 who feels lonely or...

read more

Community Help Hub

Community Help Hub is a service provided by Gloucestershire County Council aimed at connecting local people who need help with others who can provide the support they need.

read more

Age UK

Age UK is a charity offering services for older people over the age of 55 including a meals delivery service and a befriending service.

read more

Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

read more
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Ask for help if you need it

It can be hard to know where to turn when we’re struggling with our mental health but support is available, from NHS and council-commissioned services to local and national charities. Many services are free, confidential, and you can access them yourself without a referral from a professional.

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There is a wide range of support for children, young people and families in the county.

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Support for older age groups

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Support for ethnic minorities

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Support for LGBTQ+ communities

Getting help with issues you're struggling to deal with on your own is one of the most important things you can do

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Support for veterans

If you think you or your partner may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help

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Your health and wellbeing

The past year has been a particularly challenging time for everyone but whatever you’re worried about, please reach out for support – help is available

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If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch to let us know what mental health support information would be useful to you at this time

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