Dealing with PTSD and military mental illness
Are you a serving person or veteran facing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or PTSD? If so, SSAFA is here to help you feel less alone. We can also point you to specialised services that can support you.
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Our volunteers are experienced at dealing with the practical challenges that can come with mental health issues. We can’t medically diagnose your problem or offer a counselling service but we can provide support with everyday things while you concentrate on getting treatment.
It might mean help with your finances, such as getting access to the right benefits, or practical assistance, such as a lift to an appointment. If your problems have led to homelessness or challenges in paying your rent then we can help you set up home again. We may also be able to help with costs associated with your treatment, such as training and courses. We have previously supported people to buy art and photography equipment for therapy. However, we are not able to make a contribution towards the cost of your treatment itself.
Remember that if you’re experiencing mental health problems then in the first instance our volunteers will always signpost you to your GP if you are ex-Forces, and to the Defence Medical Service if you are serving.
If you're currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can also call the charity Combat Stress to talk about your mental health:
- Veterans and their families can call the Combat Stress helpline on 0800 138 1619.
- Serving personnel and their families can call the Combat Stress helpline on 0800 323 4444.