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Veterans: Mental Health

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is taking steps to incorporate mindfulness and wellbeing into support for veterans provided by the Office for Veterans' Affairs.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden Paymaster General (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Government already provides significant support to veterans through mental health and wellbeing services, including through an additional £10m to support Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing needs announced in autumn 2018. The NHS in England has developed two bespoke services, the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Services.

The Office for Veterans' Affairs will be working to join up such services across government and collaborating closely with service charities to ensure that veterans can access the mental health and well-being support they need.

Health and wellbeing is also one of the key areas set out in the Strategy for our Veterans, on which we worked closely with the Devolved Administrations. One of the Office’s first tasks will be to produce a detailed work programme informed by the responses to the consultation on this Strategy.

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