What we do

Combat Stress provides a dedicated service for Veterans whose mental health condition is often complex and long term.  This service is NOT routinely available in the NHS or elsewhere.

A small, but significant, number of Veterans leave the Armed Forces with a severe psychological wound such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A symptom of PTSD is the frequent tendency to recall life-threatening incidents, which can lead to day and night terrors, mood swings, panic attacks and phobias. Find out more about PTSD here.

Other debilitating conditions that Veterans may suffer from include depression and/or anxiety disorders. 

Combat Stress offers:

  • The Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline: 0800 138 1619, text: 07537 404 719 (standard charges may apply for texts) or email: combat.stress@rethink.org providing confidential help and advice on any mental health issues to the military community and their families.
  • A Community Outreach Service, delivered by multidisciplinary teams of Mental Health Practitioners, Community Psychiatric Nurses, and Regional Welfare Officers.
  • Specialist clinical treatment at three short-stay residential centres in Shropshire, Surrey and Ayrshire.
  • The PTSD Intensive Treatment programme  - a new programme, starting in September 2011, to provide enhanced treatment and rehabilitation for Veterans with complicated presentations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • A Well-being and rehabilitation Programme - available to all Veterans receiving treatment in our short-stay centres, as part of a structured occupational therapy model. The timetable includes: employment mentoring; life skills workshops; social activities in the community; etc.


More detailed information about the treatments that we use.