Are you struggling to cope? Are you brave enough to seek help? The NHS has dedicated veterans’ mental health services that are here to help. 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.
It’s difficult not to notice the almost daily news reports about the current stresses on many NHS Accident and Emergency departments (A&E). Admittedly, we really only hear about the NHS when it’s either under pressure or over-capacity, so the question really might be: ‘What’s new?’ or even ‘What can I do about it?’
There’s an argument that says that Military Service-leavers could be more useful to the NHS now, than they ever have been before. The NHS is a massive organisation; in fact it is listed as one of the top five employers in the world.
I’m getting the feeling that warnings from the health service concerning the future of the NHS are finally beginning to get heard over the political din.
There have been some serious ly close shaves over the past few weeks in various A&E departments where capacity has been brimming and staff have feared a point where it would overspill. It’s getting to the point where it’s clear that if there was a serious epidemic such as the flu outbreak seen last winter, the NHS would be in serious trouble. Would a hospital ever have to close its doors and turn people away? Can you imagine the fallout, the public anger?