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About Us

We are Combat Stress. The UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Today, we provide our life-changing treatment to veterans from every service and every conflict. On the phone and online. In the community and at our specialist centres.

When a veteran asks for our help, we develop a programme of treatment and support to meet their individual needs. From an hour a week at a peer support group meeting close to home to our six-week residential PTSD treatment programme at one of our specialist centres, together we work out the right support.

We know that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. Our services help veterans cope with the present, tackle the past and take on the future. Some may find using just one of our services will transform their lives, others may need more to start living again. But our expert team will be there to help every step of the way.

New Strategy

Our new five-year strategy outlines our direction, focus and strategic aims from 2017 to 2022.

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Our History

For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Find out about our history and origins.


Our employees are based around the UK in regional community teams, at our treatment centres and at our head office. You can find out more about us, as well as our patron, president and trustees and celebrity ambassadors.


Our research ensures that we are delivering the best possible services for our veterans. We are committed to publishing our research in external peer-reviewed academic journals to contribute to the advancement of the veteran mental health field. 

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Media centre

Our media centre includes our news releases and information about filming at one of our treatment centres or with our community teams.

Annual report and magazine

Our Annual Report & Accounts is published each September and the Combat Stress magazine is published twice a year.

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Working for us

Our employees include recovery support workers, therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, based in treatment centres and in community teams across the UK.

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NHS, CQC and The Care Inspectorate reports

The treatment that we offer is monitored and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and The Care Inspectorate in Scotland. The veterans we treat also complete the NHS Friends and Family Test to give their views on our services.