Tips for Veterans

If you’ve served in the UK armed forces, even if only one day, we can help you access NHS Veteran’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

Op COURAGE is an NHS service supported by trained professionals who are from, or have experience of working with, the Armed Forces community.

This service can help if you’re finding life difficult after leaving the military. Working together with Armed Forces charities, Op COURAGE will help you get the right type of specialist care, support and treatment for your specific needs.

To receive help and support from Op COURAGE, you must:

  • be a resident in England and have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
  • be registered with a GP surgery in England, or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
  • provide your military service number

It does not matter how long ago you left the armed forces or how long you served for. You can contact Op COURAGE even if you left many years ago.

You can also contact Op COURAGE if you’re still serving but have a discharge date.

For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mental-health/veterans-reservists/

You can contact the service in many ways, including:

  • directly getting in touch yourself, or through a family member or friend
  • asking a GP or other healthcare representative to refer you
  • asking a charity to refer you

The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support.