Veterans Gateway – 24/7 first point of contact for Veterans seeking support, from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. 0800 802 1212

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity Forcesline – a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides help for serving personnel (regular and reserves), Veterans and their families 0800 260 6767 (Mon to Fri 09:00-17.00)

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Samaritans Veterans is a free app that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces

Veterans NHS mental health services

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service – This is the new name for: The Veterans’ Mental Health Transition Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS); the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS); the Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS)

Op Courage regional contact details

Information for those in devolved nations:



Northern Ireland:

Combat Stress – is the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health

PTSD Resolution

Mental health help & support for UK armed forces veterans, reservists, families. Free, prompt, local, effective.

0300 302 0551

PTSD UK – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder website for ex-Service men and women who think they are suffering from PTSD (PTSD and CPTSD self-help guide)

The Warrior Programme

This programme enables individuals to manage their emotions and to develop the resilience, focus and motivation to succeed in today’s world. The programme has been developed over the last fifteen years to meet the demands and challenges experienced by past and present members of the armed forces and their families.



The Poppy Factory – employment support for veterans with health conditions

VETS Veterans’ Employment Transition Support

Career advice and support for Veterans, free guidance, resources and mentors to help you progress your career outside the Armed Forces

Government employment support for Veterans

Information and useful services for Veterans seeking employment advice and support

Royal British Legion Industries

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is a national charity supporting the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed. We improve lives every day by inspiring those we help and supporting them to find work and lead independent lives

Forces Employment Charity

The Forces Employment Charity provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, Veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving

Building Heroes

Building Heroes provides skills training to Military Veterans and support into employment in the building trades

General Support

The Royal British Legion – safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. Helping serving and ex-Service personnel and their families


British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association – is the national charity for limbless service and ex-service men and women and their dependants and widows

War Widows’ Association of Great Britain – works to improve the conditions of war widows, widowers and their dependents and recipients of benefits from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme 2005

Scotty’s Little Soldiers – dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces


Army Widows’ Association – Bereavement Support Group offering comfort, support and friendship to the widows, widowers and dependents of Army personnel who die in service

ABF, The Soldiers Charity – is the Army’s national charity for soldiers, former soldiers and their families for life


Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support 0300 654374

Royal Navy

Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity – supporting sailors, marines and their families

The White Ensign Association – offers personal help and advice for all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves and Families

Naval Families Federation (NFF) – a point of contact for bereaved families 02392 654374

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust  – provides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need

02392 690112


Safeguarding information

Safeguarding leaflet