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Mental health support available to veterans in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

Date: 02/09/2021 | Category: CCG News

Following recent events in Afghanistan, veterans in Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK) that are struggling with their mental health are being encouraged to use their local dedicated service to seek help.

Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) is working in partnership with Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service in the area to support local veterans with their mental health. This service brings together doctors, nurses and other NHS staff with military charities to provide therapy, rehabilitation services and crisis care to those that need it.

You can contact your local Op COURAGE team by calling 0300 323 0137 or by emailing [email protected].

Everyone who works with Op COURAGE is either from a military background or is experienced in working with serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. They understand military life and will be able to work with you to get you the right type of specialist care, support and treatment.

Dr Roshan Jayalath, local GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health in BLMK, said:

“With the recent events in Afghanistan, now more than ever we need to support our veterans and their families with their mental health. Op COURAGE is a great service that can provide intensive emergency care and treatment, help with the transition from military to civilian life and provide support for families affected by mental health problems.

“It is important that if you or someone you know is struggling, you do ask for help. The NHS is here for you.”

For further information about Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mental-health/veterans-reservists/