Healthcare Covenant support for Service leavers and Veterans
The National Health Service (NHS), Ministry of Defence (MOD), charities and welfare organisations are working together to provide you access modern and advanced clinical care, wherever you are.
Scotland: Scottish Government Armed Forces and Veterans Healthcare. Wales: Veterans Wales
The NHS provides dedicated mental health services across England that offer a range of treatments and support for veterans and those due to be discharged from the armed forces. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. These services work closely with a range of organisations to provide a complete package of care to help patients enjoy a healthy life. For referrals the contact sheet can be found here.
The NHS can also provide mental health support through the Big White Wall service. This service is available for free to serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The Ministry of Defence has launched the defence people mental health and wellbeing strategy. It provides a renewed focus on promotion of mental health wellbeing and the prevention of mental ill health for serving personnel, veterans, families and MOD civil servants.
The Veterans Hearing Fund provides support to veterans who acquired hearing loss during service.
The Mefloquine Single Point of Contact, launched September 2016, is for current and former service personnel who have concerns about their experience of Mefloquine (commercially known as Lariam). The MOD takes the health and well-being of its personnel seriously and acknowledges its duty of care to provide the best possible support to them. This service provides information and signposting to a range of services to address their concerns.
A useful summary of NHS support to the Armed Forces Community, which includes veterans, is here.
Mental health support for the armed forces community can be found on GOV.UK and NHS Choices. The NHS can also provide mental health support through the Big White Wall service. This service is available for free to serving personnel, veterans and their families.
MOD and Department of Health support services information can be found on GOV.UK.