Friday, March 11, 2011

Veterans' Helpline Launched

Veterans' mental health helpline launched

A Defence Policy and Business news article

11 Mar 11

Veterans with mental health problems will get targeted support from today with the launch of the Combat Stress Support Helpline, delivered by Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Government.

Phone call

Phone call
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

Health Minister Simon Burns today unveiled a new 24-hour freephone helpline number, 0800 138 1619, to help veterans and their families access expert advice from people trained and experienced in dealing with ex-servicemen and women and their often complex mental health needs.

The Government is giving £200,000 to fund the running of a one-year pilot of the helpline.

The helpline, announced in October 2010, was supported by Dr Andrew Murrison in his review into the provision of mental health services for veterans. The Department of Health has nominated the charities Combat Stress and Rethink Mental Illness, both leaders in their respective fields of supporting veterans and those with a mental illness, to run the service together.

With their combined expertise, the helpline will provide:

• round-the-clock support for veterans;

• diverse ways to access mental health support including advice via telephone, text, email and websites;

• support to veterans' families, whose lives can be affected as a result of mental health problems, with improved support to help them to access mental health services in their local area; and

• assistance in accessing further advice on other social problems affecting veterans, including housing and employment advice....

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