Services for veterans
At Mersey Care we take our obligations to our ex-forces and their families very seriously. Our range of local, confidential services, from talking therapies to help with addictions are provided by experienced and highly trained staff, many of whom are trained in veteran awareness or are veterans themselves.
We understand, often first hand, the many and complex challenges that veterans and their relatives can face, and we strive to deliver our services with understanding, sensitivity, and support.
A trust-wide veterans’ advisory group of staff and service user veterans contributes to service developments, training, and information.
We have a dedicated veteran lead who champions veteran issues across the Trust and we collaborate with local and national veteran charities.
You can be referred to our services by your GP or another health professional.
Do you have any suggestions about our services? Contact veterans lead Sheila Hamilton
National veteran charities
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)
In-service confidential support line:
The Big White Wallis a free, online, anonymous, 24-hour support network designed to support the mental health needs of the Armed Forces community offering confidential support.
Combat Stress is helping more than 5,400 UK Veterans and their loved ones get their lives back. If you are suffering mental ill-health caused by military service, we can help you too, even if you haven’t been involved in combat.
Free 24-hour telephone help line
Tel: 0800 138 1619)
Joining Forces Veterans Health free mobile phone App (Android & iPhone)
is designed for current serving Veterans of the British Armed forces and provides information and support on mental health problems as well as highlighting where to get help. It is approved by the the Royal College of Psychiatrists and developed by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Download iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/joiningforces/id626222866?mt=8
Royal British Legion http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
The Royal British Legion helps the Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation as well as being the Nation's custodian of Remembrance.
Veterans UK www.gov.uk/veterans-uk
Veterans UK is part of Defence Business Services (DBS) within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and administers the Armed Forces Pension Schemes serving around 900,000 members of the Armed Forces community. It also administers compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service and provides a package of welfare support for veterans via a national veterans Welfare Service and veterans helpline facility.