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Mental Health support for veterans

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18 August 2021

There is always someone to talk to and SWV is on hand to help

If you are affected by recent events in Afghanistan and need someone to talk to, SWV has put together a list of organisations who can provide mental health support.

The Samaritans: 116 123

Text: 07725 909090


Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

It does not matter if you're due to leave the armed forces, just left the armed forces or left many years ago. Op COURAGE are here to help and understand the courage it takes to speak to someone. When you contact Op COURAGE, you'll speak to people who:

  • understand the armed forces and military life

  • are either from the armed forces community or highly experienced in working with serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families

  • will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support, and treatment

SANE line: 0300 304 7000

C.A.L.L (helpline for Wales)0800 132 737 or text: 81066

Royal British Legion: 0808 802 8080

SSAFA: 0207 4639200

SHOUT: Text: 85258

Ways to help yourself cope in a crisis

Practical tools to use right now, by yourself, wherever you are. If you're feeling in crisis, this resource is for you.



  • If your life is at risk and you feel unable to keep yourself safe, you need an emergency service

  • A&E departments are open 24 hours a day or you can call 999

NHS 111 and GP services

If you can keep yourself safe for a short while, but you still need urgent advice:

  • Contact NHS 111 if you live in England

  • Contact NHS 111 or NHS Direct (0845 46 47) if you live in Wales

  • Contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment

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