Veterans to get help with mental health

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MILITARY veterans in Hampshire can get help with mental health issues from a new service due to launch next year.

The South Central Veterans Mental Health Service starts in January.

Run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it is aimed at veterans who have developed mental health issues as a result of active service.

John Hedger, chairman of the Berkshire trust, said: ‘The NHS is responsible for the health needs of all veterans after they finish their military service.

‘Most go on to lead healthy lives but some will develop mental health conditions.

‘For these veterans, assessment and support has been uneven, many are not diagnosed for eight to 12 years after service. Their assessment, support and treatment will be a priority.’

The veterans’ service will work with organisations such as police, prison services, GPs and local authorities. Referrals can come from a veteran, a family member or organisations mentioned above.