While most of us are enjoying the bangs and flashes the fireworks bring, some former service men and women will find this time of year very distressing as it can lead to difficult or troubling memories.
Support is available from the Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TIL) who are keen for men and women who have served or are currently serving to know that support is there if they need it.
We have a new mental health service tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel. We are able to provide support and treatment for veterans and those approaching discharge. It is important to recognise early signs of mental health problems and be able to provide access to early treatment and support.
We want to let our veterans know that if they think they need help, then there is someone there who can help and support themAnna WilliamsConsultant Nurse, TIL
The service is provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, Humber NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are providing a service for the whole of the North of England.
Veterans and service personnel approaching discharge can either self-refer or request referral via their GP or mental health provider. You can also be referred through charities such as Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.
To contact TIL you can ring 0191 441 5974, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more information by clicking on the link. A range of self-help guides and useful information is also available at www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic.