Military Life

Crafting A Mental Health Service For Veterans

It pairs veterans with doctors and nurses who have military experience.

The NHS in England is launching a new £9 million mental health service for veterans.

It provides health professionals with a range of military knowledge across the health care system.

Called the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TiL), it can be accessed before a veteran leaves the forces.

Matt Stoodley suffered with PTSD for 30 years after his ship was bombed during the Falklands War.

After being diagnosed, he became involved with setting up the new service, which can be accessed from anywhere in the country.

Building on existing services, it pairs veterans with doctors and nurses who have military experience or knowledge.

The three main elements are:

  • Transition: Feedback from veteran and their families suggested more should be done to support transition from the armed forces to the NHS. The service will now offer mental health support before a personnel's discharge date.
  • Intervention: Service personnel approaching discharge and veterans will have an assessment within 14 days of referral, and may be offered a clinical appointment.
  • Liaison: Patients may be referred into local NHS mental health services if they do not have any complex presentations.

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