Mental Health Support for Veterans & Service Leavers

 

Your first tip is that if you’re experiencing mental health problems always consult your GP Find a GP. if you are ex-Forces, or the Defence Medical Service if you are serving. 

 

 

NHS Self Help Leaflet for PTSD

One common mental illness associated with military service is Post Traumatics Stress Disorder PTSD. This is a very natural response to a very unnatural event such as combat, accidents, natural disasters etc and not limited to veterans or serving personnel.

 

If the PTSD brochure doesnt show on your mobile phone click this link to go straight to NHS site

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Recognising PTSD symptoms

We've listed the different ways people react to traumatic events or experiences. You may recognise some of the symptoms:

  • Feeling isolated
  • Frequent periods of withdrawal into oneself
  • Nightmares/flashbacks/insomnia
  • Anger or aggressive behaviour
  • Feeling distrustful and suspicious/blaming others
  • Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling and/or food
  • Seeking out high-risk/dangerous pursuits
  • Work-related or relationship problems
  • Feeling numb and empty
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Self harm and self-destructive tendencies
  • Being easily moved to tears
  • Avoidance of people and places
  • Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings.

 

 

Looking for your local NHS support that understand military mental health concerns? Click here

 

 

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