A new service offering mental health support for ex-military personnel in the East Midlands launches today.
The specialist service, part of a national review led by the Department of Health with the Ministry of Defence, aims to make it easier for veterans with concerns about their mental health to seek and access help.
The region's NHS mental health trusts are coming together to work with the national charity, Combat Stress, to launch the more streamlined approach to support and treatment for local ex-military personnel.
Regional lead for the Veterans' Liaison Champion Service, Paul Cruickshank, said: "Ex-military personnel referred by their GP will receive the same standard of treatment as they are currently entitled to.
"However they will be assisted by a local liaison champion to support them through their care.
"The experiences people have during service and their transition to civilian life can result in different factors triggering their mental ill health. Through this provision we will endeavour to serve those who have served their country."
– Paul Cruickshank, Veterans' Liaison Champion Service
"Through this provision we will endeavour to serve those who have served their country."
The service will be able to help anyone who has served in the army, navy or air force, including reserves.
It will provide treatment and support for a range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, substance misuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Veterans can enquire about a referral by speaking to their own GP.