Mental Health Services: Veterans

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of veterans.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In England, veterans access mainstream National Health Service provided mental health services as well as the bespoke veteran specific mental health services that NHS England and NHS Improvement have put in place.

The Transition, Intervention and Liaison service launched in 2017, supports serving personnel who need additional mental health support as they are leaving the Armed Forces and veterans who have mental health issues. There are three elements to the service:

- in-reach services for those in transition, leading up to, and leaving the Armed Forces;

- services for veterans with complex presentation; and

- general services for veterans.

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