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Military Veterans’ Service here to support during Stress Awareness Month

Posted on the 3rd April 2017

People in Lancashire who are suffering mental ill-health caused by military service, can receive support from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Military Veterans’ Service.

The Military Veterans’ Service understands that the transition from veteran to civilian life can be stressful and often those experiencing stress can struggle in seeking the support they need. There are many traumatic experiences ex personnel can encounter during their military careers which lead to stress or mental ill health. During Stress Awareness Month an important step in tackling stress is to realise that it is causing you a problem and to reach out for support. The service is here to support and listen to those suffering with anything from stress, depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Joe Crocock, Military Veterans’ Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We recognise that adjusting to the change in lifestyle when leaving the armed forces can be extremely difficult. To support Stress Awareness Month we want to encourage veterans’ across the county who are experiencing mental health problems such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety or those dealing with substance misuse to get in touch with the service for support.

“The service is made up of a team of specialists who understand the culture of the armed forces and can provide help for anyone who is experiencing stress or other emotional difficulties.”

The Military Veterans’ Service is a partnership between Lancashire Care and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The Service provides a valuable insight and understanding of life both in and out of the forces as many staff are veterans themselves or have family members in the forces.

For more information about the Military Veterans’ Service and to make a self-referral, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Military-Veterans or call 0300 323 0707.