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Unique Peer Support Service available to veterans

Unique Peer Support Service available to veterans

Leaving the armed forces can be challenging for some veterans, so Combat Stress is providing a Peer Support Service to former servicemen and women across the UK.

Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems.

For many former servicemen and women, the adjustment to civilian life can be confusing and distressing, leaving them struggling with changes to their identity and feeling that few people around them understand what they’re going through. It can be even more isolating if the veteran develops a mental health condition.

The Peer Support Service, funded by The Royal British Legion, offers veterans the chance to share their experiences, receive support and socialise with others who’ve had similar experiences.

So far 28 groups have been established by Combat Stress in towns and cities around the UK, with more planned.

Carol Smith, Director Client Services at Combat Stress, said: “I’d like to thank The Royal British Legion for funding the Peer Support Service.

“Research has suggested that social support has a positive impact on mental health and the effects of trauma. Peer support aims to help by increasing social interaction amongst individuals who may otherwise feel isolated or stigmatised.”

To find out more about the service click here.

Veterans can be referred to the service by calling the Combat Stress 24-hour mental health helpline on 0800 138 1619.