Veterans support

We want to ensure that our veteran community and their families who work in the NHS are supported during what may be a very challenging time.


Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families. It is important to get help and support if you or someone you know has mental health problems.

General guidance to veterans

The Armed Forces community encompasses individuals who have served in the Armed Forces and those affiliated with them, including service leavers, veterans, reservists, members of the wounded, injured & sick community, family members and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

The values held by members of the Armed Forces community closely align to the NHS ways of working and values, with particular emphasis on service, commitment and respect.

Further links and resources for veterans

Urgent Support

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact the Samaritans helpline on this dedicated number for NHS staff:  0800 069 6222.

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Accessing NHS Support

Veterans and their families in England can be referred to specialist NHS Op Courage services by their GP.

General advice on accessing NHS support for armed service personnel and families

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed.

Specialist support organisations

There are also a number of military charities which offer advice and support, all of which are members of The Contact Group, a collaboration of organisations working together to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community:


Walking with the wounded

Help for Heroes – Hidden Wounds Service