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Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS)

If you have served in the UK Armed Forces and are coping with complex mental health difficulties related to your military experiences, we can provide further support.

It can take time to overcome mental health difficulties related to your time in the Armed Forces.

If these difficulties become severe, you may be referred to our team. We offer treatment for a range of military related difficulties such as PTSD, depression, anger and other complex challenges needs.

Our support is available to all ex-service members of the armed forces, regardless of your rank or number of years of service. We also help reservists who are not currently mobilised.

Depending on your needs, we may be able to help you:

  • Talk through your thoughts and experiences, through specialist psychological therapies
  • Understand and overcome PTSD through trauma focussed therapy
  • Manage and reduce anger and stress
  • Overcome substance dependency and misuse, such as alcohol and drugs
  • Help you talk to your family and carers

We offer support through both individual sessions and group work.

We understand and appreciate the unique culture with military service. Our team of psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health clinicians and peer support workers are trained to be aware of veterans needs.

When you’re referred to us, we’ll invite you to a care planning appointment to create your treatment plan.

As well as managing your mental health, we also offer support in other areas of your life, such as personal relationships or work.

To access our service, you first need to be referred by our Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS).  

If you’ve been discharged from the Armed Forces and you’re now a veteran, you must:

  • Be a resident in England
  • Have served in the UK Armed Forces for a full day
  • Be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
  • Be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility

When you register with your GP, be sure to tell them you have served in the Armed Forces. This will help them and us be aware of your situation if you need help in future.

You can contact us for advice before making a referral to TILS:

Call                  0118 929  6426

Email               sc.veterans@nhs.net

To access our service, you first need to be referred by our Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS).  

If you’re still serving in the Armed Forces, you must be a resident in England, and have an identified mental health condition. You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
  • Have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
  • Have had your pre-release medical and been identified by your DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
  • Have had a pre-release medical before you self-refer

You can contact us for advice before making a referral to TILS: 

Call                  0118 9296426

Email               sc.veterans@nhs.net

We provide support across all of South Central England, including Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.

We also work in partnership with Avon and Wiltshire Partnership across South West, including Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

 

We can support you near to where you live, and we often use local health centres and charity offices to see you in.

 

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9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm Closed Closed

 

If you feel that you’re not able to cope before you’re assessed by our team, you can get help by calling 111, or asking your GP for an emergency appointment.

If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger, then please call 999. 

Be sure to tell the person you speak to you have served in the Armed Forces so they can provide the right support.

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