MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox.
Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you.
You can also read the strategies for staying safe or explore the tips on how to stay grounded when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Try the guided-breathing exercises, and support your wellness by creating your own interactive Wellness Plan.
The app links you directly to local and national crisis resources, so you won’t need to carry around slips of paper with contact details on – it’s all stored there within the app. If the resource isn’t listed, simply add in your own.
If you think you or your partner/spouse may be struggling to cope, the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) can help.
Available across England, both services are provided by specialists in mental health who have an expert understanding of the Armed Forces.
You can contact the service direct (see below) or ask your GP or a military charity to refer you.
•North of England services: call 0303 123 1145 or email
•Midlands or East of England services: call 0300 323 0137 or email
•London or South East of England services: call 020 3317 6818 or email
•South West of England services: call 0300 365 0300 or email
To access these services, you must:
•be a resident in England and have served in the UK Armed Forces for a full day
•be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
•provide your military service number or another form of eligibility.
Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk, any time, in your own way, about whatever is bothering you. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are confidential, free to call and will support anyone. If you are given the time and space to talk things through, you can find a way through your problems. Samaritans help you to explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.
Telephone: 116 123
Icarus Online provides immediate care, assessment, and rehabilitation for uniformed services
Military, Veterans, Uniformed Services, and their families.
We Help People With Post Traumatic Stress, Insomnia, Flashbacks, Nightmares, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Addictions, Depression, Isolation & Loneliness, Suicidal Thoughts And Attempts, Anger, Fears And Family Relationships
Telephone: 0333 987 5055
All Call Signs is an award-winning peer support organisation for veterans and serving military personnel. Our chat app is manned by over 500 volunteer listeners with experience of life in uniform and our digital caseworkers have arranged support and care pathways for hundreds of users seeking help with mental ill health.
Telephone: 0330 320 1185
SHOUT Text Crisis Line
If you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 and chat by text. The service is free on most networks and available 24/7, and trained volunteers will listen to you, and work with to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.
If you are under 35 years of age and are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays
Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.
Big White Wall delivers personalised support and recovery pathways to improve mental health and related conditions via a safe and engaging collaborative platform of peers and professionals. Big White Wall is free to all UK serving personnel (including reservists), veterans/ex-serving, and their families aged 16+. The fact that it is anonymous and easily accessible online, 24/7, helps reach those who may not otherwise access support.
Website: Big White Wall
Telephone: 0203 405 6196
Outside the Wire is a bespoke alcohol, drug and PTSD service, offering confidential advice and support to current and ex HM Forces personnel and their families across Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex.
All staff are ex-forces, and offer innovative, comprehensive support, including confidential meetings at a location of your choice. We are sensitive to the complexities of military life and the often-understandable resistance to admitting the extent of personal issues, especially those relating to PTSD, substance misuse and general mental health plus concerns around personal relationships.
Website: Outside the Wire
Telephone: 01603 626123
24/7 PTSD HELPLINE STAFFED SOLELY BY VETERANS.
Telephone: 0800 040 7873 / 0800 040 7783
Text: 07860 018733
Deptherapy seeks to rehabilitate UK armed service personnel and veterans who have suffered life-changing physical and or mental injuries and illnesses, through the medium of specially designed scuba programmes.
Telephone: 01344 771113
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.
Telephone: 03444 775774
Textline: 07537 416905
Mental Health support North of the Tyne
All our counsellors are members of BACP or UKCP and can provide support for:
Anxiety Counselling & Panic Attacks
Bereavement & Grief Counselling
Children Counselling Services
Telephone: 0191 262 0305
The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health programme (VRMHP) provides assessment and treatment advice for veterans (who have deployed since 1982) and reserves who have been deployed overseas since 1 January 2003 as a reservist, and believe that their deployment may have affected their mental health.
All veterans referred to the VRMHP will receive a full psychiatric assessment completed by a consultant psychiatrist; this assessment report is then sent on completion to the veteran’s GP and if involved, the local mental health service, with advice on further treatment and care. Reserves whose condition is found to be operationally related and of a nature that can be treated within the resources of the Defence Medical Service (DMS) can access treatment in a MOD UK Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) and will be offered out-patient treatment at a DCMH closest to where they live.
Referrals for reservists and veterans should be directed to DCMH Colchester:
Telephone: 0800 032 6258
Veterans In Action (VIA) take a long term and non-clinical approach to veteran’s mental health using the outdoors, challenging events, expeditions and centre based projects to help veterans rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.
Telephone: 01264 771658