Experiencing mental health difficulties?

Experiencing mental health difficulties?

By Ed Hanna

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 service provides a range of treatment, from recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early support, to providing therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Where appropriate, you can also get help with housing and employment, reducing your alcohol consumption, and social support.

Families and carers can find it hard to cope when their loved ones aren’t well, so where appropriate, help may be provided to them. The service is available across England and is provided by specialists in mental health who have an expert understanding of the Armed Forces.

To get in touch with your local service, you can ask your GP to refer you or you can contact them directly – see below for contact details:

• If you live in the north of England, call: 0191 441 5974
• If you live in the Midlands or East of England, call: 0300 323 0137
• If you live in London or the south east of England, call: 020 3317 6818
• If you live in the south west of England, call: 0300 365 0300.

Don’t forget it is important to tell your GP that you have Served in the Armed Forces so, where appropriate, you can access this and other dedicated services for Veterans. For more information on care and treatment for Veterans, visit NHS Choices at: www.nhs.uk and type in ‘veteran’.

Experiencing mental health difficulties? The NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service is here for you. Here’s what other
service users have said…

“The speed of it and way it all came together was great. After waiting so long for help, it was great the service was so fast. It was good the psychologist came to Gosport; nice knowing I didn’t have to travel.” “The consulting staff are the most professional, knowledgeable and understanding people I have ever met, I have had other treatments for my condition but these people get to the heart of the matter and help you deal with it.”