Get mental health support

There are many different services available to help you get the support you need.

  • Contact your GP
    Make an appointment with your GP and let them know you are a veteran. They will be able to give you advice and can refer you to Op COURAGE: the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service for further support if you live in England.
  • Help For Heroes – 0300 303 9888
    Available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm. They provide a listening ear and support for veterans, serving personnel and family members.
  • SSAFA Forcesline  – 0800 260 6767
    Available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm. Forcesline is a free and confidential helpline, there to listen and not to judge. They can provide mental health advice and signpost ways to help you.
  • Combat Stress – 0800 138 1619
    Open 24/7, Combat Stress’ mental health helpline is available for all veterans and their families for confidential mental health advice and support.
  • Veterans’ Gateway – 0808 802 1212
    Open 24/7, Veterans’ Gateway is the first point of contact for your welfare needs – including mental wellbeing, employment and housing. They can directly refer you to expert support, specific to your needs.
  • Samaritans – call 116 123 or email [email protected]
    When life is difficult, Samaritans are there day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free or email them. Whoever you are and whatever you’re facing, they won’t judge you or tell you what to do. They’re there to listen so you don’t have to face it alone.
  • If you live in Scotland:
    Veterans First Point (V1P) – call 0131 220 9920 or email [email protected]
    Veterans First Point (V1P) provides free advice and support for veterans and their families in Scotland, covering a range of areas including employment, housing, substance use, debt advice and mental health. The service is a part of the NHS, and was developed by veterans for veterans.

More information

Getting the support you need can change how you feel about things. Taking the first step to seek help and talk about what you’re going through can make a big difference.