Mental illness is common and can affect anyone (even Serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces and their families). Whilst some people cope by getting support from their family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives, others need clinical care and treatment.
The NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service is here for you. If you think you or your partner/spouse may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help from the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS). This is a dedicated out patient service for Veterans who have Served in the British Armed Forces and for those transitioning out of the British Armed Forces with a discharge date.
The NHS has a range of dedicated services for Veterans. This includes the Veterans’ Trauma Network, which provides care and treatment to those who have been injured during their time in Service.
The service is available in health centres across England with Veterans receiving care from Military and civilian clinicians who are experts in treating trauma injuries. As part of this, the Veterans’ Trauma Network works closely with Defence Medical Services, national centres of clinical expertise, the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and key Military charities to makes sure patients have a personalised care plan in place. As families and carers can be seriously impacted when their loved ones are injured, they are also supported to access services that may help them.
Continuing with our series of articles to help Veterans get the best from the NHS, this month we are focusing on the Armed Forces Covenant and dedicated health services for those who have Served.
- On leaving the Military, register with an NHS GP as soon as you can – don’t leave it until you urgently need to see a doctor or nurse. In England, a good way to find out what NHS services are in your local area, is to visit the NHS England website at https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/how-can-we-help/. To find a GP practice, visit NHS Choices at https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/NHSGPs.aspx