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Help for TAs and reservists
Below is a list of organisations who may be able to offer support and advice to members of the Territorial Army (TA) or Reservists who are concerned about PTSD and combat stress.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Once a TA/Reservist is demobilised and returns to civilian life he/she becomes the primary responsibility of the NHS. Other private or charitable sources of assistance are also available to TA's and Reservists - and are listed below:

NHS - THE NICE GUIDELINES ON PTSD

What Are the NICE Guidelines?

NICE (National Institute For Clinical Excellence) is part of the NHS. It is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on treatments and care for those using the NHS in England and Wales. Its guidance is for healthcare professionals and patients and their carers to help them make decisions about treatment and healthcare. In March 2005 NICE issued guidelines for the NHS on how to improve the recognition, screening and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adults in primary and secondary care.

How can they help?

The NICE guidelines on PTSD are available online for download, and are a useful resource for all ex-service or TA/Reservist personnel seeking PTSD assessment or treatment on the NHS.

Contact

You can locate your nearest GP Surgery online at www.nhs.uk

Or call NHS Direct England on 0845 46 47, and NHS Direct Scotland on 08454 24 24 24

COMBAT STRESS

Website

Who are they?

Combat Stress - The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society - is a charity supporting British ex-Servicemen and women who have been profoundly traumatised by harrowing experiences during Service life.. The Society was founded in 1919 to provide remedial treatment, care and employment for veterans returning from First World War suffering from "shell-shock" and today continues to provide remedial treatment and care, as well as community-based welfare support to help clients return to normal living.

How can they help?

Combat Stress provides proven remedial treatment at three Treatment Centres located in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey. Each Centre provides psychiatric support as well as a range of trauma focused psychological therapy including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensititisation reprocessing (EMDR) anxiety management, group and individual counselling and Art Therapy. Veterans are admitted to their geographically closest Centre for up to 6 weeks treatment per year.

Combat Stress also provides a nation-wide Welfare Service, delivered locally through a network of Regional Welfare Officers who cover the UK and Ireland. Each Regional Welfare Officer makes home visits to build up an understanding of particular needs. Welfare Officers are all ex-Service personnel, have experience in the field of war pensions claims, and are able to help and advise in the initial stages of a claim as well as remain on hand if the case is referred to a tribunal.

Contact Welfare Support Team South: 01372 841680
Welfare Support Team Wales and Midlands: 01952 820335
Welfare Support Team Scotland and Northern England: 01292 560322
Welfare Support Team Ireland: 02890 233894
Email: contactus@combatstress.org.uk

ASSIST

Website

Who are they?

ASSIST are a charity offering support, understanding and counselling to PTSD sufferers, their families and loved ones.

How can they help?

ASSIST run a free support helpline (0)1788 560800, and also provide face to face support and counselling, psycho-social support and use of their drop-in centre free of charge.

Specialist intervention therapy, innovative therapies and PTSD assessment are all available through the organisation but at a chargeable fee.

Contact Free Support Helpline +44 (0) 1788 560800
Email: help@assist-trauma-care.co.uk

TY GWYN

Who are they?

Ty Gwyn is a treatment centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder based in Llandudno - Wales, which helps ex-Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Ty Gwyn is part of the PHC Group - a national nursing and residential care company and takes referrals from health authorities, GPs and hospital consultants across the UK.

How can they help?

Each patient is regularly seen by a consultant and treatment is tailored to individual needs. Counselling and therapy is offered and progress is monitored throughout the stay.

Contact Helpline: 01492 544 081
Post: 21 Bryn-y-Bia Road
Llandudno
Conwy
LL30 3AS

NGVFA (National Gulf Veterans and Families Association)

website:

Who are they?

The NGVFA is a national charity providing help and advice on service-related ill health. It is the leading support organisation for Servicemen and Women of Gulf War OP Granby 1991 and The Iraq War OP Telic. NGVFA are entirely independent of the MOD.

How can they help?

NGVFA deal directly with former and serving servicemen and women suffering PTSD, depression, and combat related ill health. They also advise on health and pension matters, and average approximately 100 calls per week from veterans of both Gulf wars seeking information and support. NGVFA can provide introductions to legal advisors and medical officers Dr Nigel Gravestone RAMC and Dr Derek Hall Wing Commander RAF (Retd). They run support groups for partners and families of PTSD sufferers.

NGVFA recommends that if you are still serving and experiencing health problems, you must notify your next senior Officer, or attend sick parade at your medical station/Medical Centre. However, if you are at all concerned the NGVFA 24hr help line is available for confidential and free advice.

Contact

Telephone: 01482 833812

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Website:

Who are they?

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependants. Anyone who has served in the forces for 7 days or more is eligible for help, as well as TA's, Reservists and men and women who served with the Mercantile Marine afloat in hostile waters.

How can they help?

The Royal British Legion offer an extensive range of welfare and advice services for serving and ex-Service individuals and their dependents. RBL can provide pensions and compensation advice, business advice and loans, welfare breaks, careers advice, disability assistance and provision for immediate needs in times of hardship through their Immediate Needs Scheme. Regional case-workers provide a link between the ex-Service community in need and the Legion's welfare services.

Contact

Telephone: 08457 725 725
Post: Freepost SW1345, 48 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JY

SSAFA

Website:

Who are they?

SSAFA is the Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen and Families Association - a national charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, including widows and widowers in need. Eligibility for help is one day's paid service in any of HM forces and National Service, and those who completed a period of satisfactory service in the Reserves.

How can they help?

SSAFA Forces Help has 99 branches across the country and its volunteers visit individuals in need with welfare, support and counseling services. SSAFA Forces Help start their work with a visit to the person to work out the best way to assist them and can also put people in contact with other supporting organisations.

Contact

From the UK (Main Line): 0800 731 4880
From Germany: 0800 1827 395
From Cyprus: 800 91065
From the Falkand Islands # 6111
From anywhere in the world (Call-back) +44 (0)1980 630854

THE UK TRAUMA GROUP

Website:

Who are they?

The UK Trauma Group is a managed clinical network of UK Traumatic Stress Services.

How can they help?

The website hosts a selection of material which gives information for the general public and for health professionals about Post Traumatic Stress Reactions. The group cannot provide individual advice on treatment, but supplies an extensive list of resources and links for sufferers and professionals.

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