We welcome Veterans from the Armed Forces, also Military Reservists and members of the TA. Please let the practice know if you have served so we can record this in your medical record as sometimes if an issue can be attritubed to service life there are means of ensuring treatment is speeded up at times, this can also apply to some family members.
For information about help for Veterans please click on the following link:
Combat Stress may also assist if necessary with a 24-Hour Helpline is there for you when you need to speak about mental health. If you are a Veteran, a serving member of the Armed Forces, reservist or a family member then please call on 0800 138 1619.
There has been increased concern about the mental health needs of the armed forces community in recent years.
Last year The Telegraph reported a 19% rise in service personnel diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to take their toll.
However, PTSD remains relatively rare and research by King’s College London showed that common mental health problems like anxiety and depression were twice as prevalent in the military as in the civilian population. Two veterans spoke to The Huffington Post about their experiences.
In this Huffington Post blog , BWW’s Ileana Welte talks about how digital solutions can make it easier for the armed forces community to seek support for their mental health.
Big White Wall has been commissioned to provide safe, anonymous online mental health support to UK serving personnel, veterans, and their families since 2011. The service is free to those from this community aged 16+. To join, simply visit www.bigwhitewall.com .