Mental health support for reservists

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Are you a reservist, or done any type of reserve service, and worried about your mental health? We can help.

We offer free advice, support and treatment if you need help with your mental health.

Call our 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619)

If you serve, or have served your country, as a regular or reservist, our 24-hour Helpline can provide confidential advice on your mental health and how to get help.

If you prefer, you can also email our Helpline: helpline@combatstress.org.uk 

When you contact us we’ll work with you to find the support you need to get back on your feet.

We’re here to help you

We understand the unique problems reservists can face, for example:

  • Feeling lonely or isolated after being part of the military community
  • Finding it hard to settle back in to ‘normal’ life after mobilisation
  • Experiencing a lack of understanding from people about what you’ve been through

If you have trouble sleeping, get flashbacks, feel depressed, anxious, or angry, or just feel that something's not quite right, then get in touch.

Who we help

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, how long you’ve been in the Reserves or were in the Reserves, or what role you’ve played – we can help you, wherever you live in the UK.

You don’t need to have served in combat to access any of our services.

Read about a reservist we recently supported after he returned from serving in Afghanistan.

We support currently serving members of the Reserve Armed Forces (during periods when they are not mobilised), as well as former members of the Reserve Armed Forces.

We support all members of the Reserve Armed Forces:

  • Regular Reserve (Fleet, Army & RAF)
  • Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)
  • Royal Marines Reserve (RMR)
  • Army Reserves (AR) - previously the Territorial Army (TA)
  • Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF)
  • Sponsored Reserves
  • Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS)
  • Additional Duties Commitment (ADC)
  • Veterans (ex-service men and women of Regular and Reserve Forces, and the Merchant Navy)

If you’re a family member or carer worried about a loved one, you can call the Helpline too.

Treatment and support

In addition to our Helpline, we provide additional support through our local community clinics and three specialist residential treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey.

All of our services are free of charge.

If you’re also concerned about your alcohol or drug use we can offer you support and advice to find the help you need. Our Substance Misuse Case Management service is run by specially trained nurses who can help you find the right support from the right service.