Advice from our Medical Director

If you are visiting this page you may have commented on our Facebook page and have been referred here, or you may feel in need of urgent help. There is advice here on ways to find help.

Who you can talk to now …

If you are feeling really down, and you wish to discuss how you feel, then you could visit the Big White Wall, which is especially for Veterans and military personnel. Here you can discuss your symptoms anonymously and confidentially. This website is supervised by experts in psychological health, so they will understand, intervene and help you if you really need it.

Another option is to telephone the free Combat Stress Helpline, on 0800 138 1619.

If you are feeling really down and perhaps even suicidal, then please ring the Samaritans who are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is their telephone number: 08457 90 90 90.   The Samaritans website is here.

Are you registered with Combat Stress?

If your problem is not so urgent or desperate and you are already a patient with us, then please ring your Desk Officer.  There are specific telephone numbers depending on your location – see our map. Please do ring.

If you feel you really can wait a little longer, then telephone and book an appointment to see your GP.

Are you still serving?

If you are still serving in the military then you may wish to tell someone from your Unit, perhaps your sergeant or - better - your Regimental Medical Officer or Unit Medical Officer.  If you have a Key Worker, either in the NHS, or within military mental health or within Combat Stress then you may decide to talk to your Key Worker when you next see them or arrange an appointment to see them.

I hope this is helpful, and we all wish you well.

Best wishes,

Walter

Dr Walter Busuttil

MB ChB MPhil MRCGP FRCPsych

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