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Help for veterans
Below is a list of organisations who may be able to offer support and advice to veterans of the armed forces who are concerned about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and combat stress.

Upon leaving the Armed Forces, responsibility for the medical care of Service personnel (including psychiatric care) passes to the NHS. Other private or charitable sources of assistance for combat- related PTSD exist, and are also listed in the sections below.

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Combat Stress -

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 nationwide 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.


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


Who Are They?

The Gulf Veterans' Medical Assessment Programme (GVMAP) was established in July 1993 to examine UK Gulf veterans who are concerned that their health had been adversely affected by service during the 1990/1991 Gulf Conflict - Operation GRANBY. The GVMAP is now also open to any Op TELIC veteran. The GVMAP is located at St Thomas' Hospital, London.

How Can They Help?

The GVMAP provides medical advice to Gulf veterans and to General Practitioners (GPs), Service Medical Officers and other health care professionals responsible for looking after Gulf veterans. The GVMAP it aims to provide the patient with a diagnosis of his or her medical condition, and to recommend appropriate treatment or further investigation, or to provide reassurance if no abnormalities are found.

GVMAP also gathers statistical information which will be available as a resource for researchers and may be useful in helping to determine whether there are any particular patterns of ill health associated with service in the Gulf.


You must be referred to GVMAP by your GP - send referral requests to the address below:

The Baird Medical Centre
Gassiot House
St Thomas' Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road

Freephone: 0800 169 5401

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

21 Bryn-y-Bia Road
LL30 3AS

Regional Trauma Services Recommended By The UK-Trauma Group

The UK Trauma Group was established allow Traumatic Stress Units in the UK to meet regularly, share information on clinical practice, research development, teaching and training.

Membership of the UK Trauma Group is open to any Clinical Service in the UK which meets the following criteria:

  • There is a multi disciplinary clinical and/or research group focused on some area of traumatic stress/psycho-trauma.
  • The service adheres to evidence based practice.

The following services represent a range of private and NHS services with recommended specialisation in the diagnosis or treatment of PTSD.


Aberdeen: - Centre For Trauma Research

The Centre runs a clinic for trauma treatment which takes approximately 150 patient referrals annually from hospital consultants, the military, general practitioners, the emergency services and the prison service.

Bennachie, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen AB25 2ZH
Telephone: 01224 681818 ext 53881 Edinburgh - The Rivers Centre - Royal Edinburgh Hospital

The Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress is located in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, Edinburgh. It has a separate waiting area from general outpatients. It accepts referrals from general practitioners and other agencies, but not direct referrals from the public. Waiting list - normally 6 weeks, but urgent cases can be seen within a few days. Services offered include a variety of psychotherapies (CBT, IPT, CAT), EMDR, art therapy, physiotherapy, group treatments.Most work is with individuals but couples and family work can be offered.

Morningside Park, Edinburgh, EH10 5HF
Telephone: 0131 537 6797
Fax: 0131 537 6104


Cardiff - The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Traumatic Stress Service, University Hospital of Wales

The service accepts referrals from GPs within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and from secondary mental health professionals from outside the area.

Provides a full assessment service and (when indicated) treatment with trauma focused CBT, EMDR and pharmacological approaches.

Monmouth House, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XW
Telephone: 029 2074 3940

Northern Ireland

Lisburn - Stress Disorders Clinic

Department of Psychiatry, Lagan Valley Hospital. Lisburn, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, BT28 1JP
Telephone: 02892 665141


Cambridge - Addenbrooke's Hospital + Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB7 2EF
Telephone: 01223 355 294

Hull and East Riding - PTSD Service, Clinical Psychology Department

Provides a PTSD service which covers the Hull and East Riding area and accepts direct referrals from GP practitioners in this area for ex-service personnel. Offers a consultation service to all mental health teams in the area and offer joint working, supervision and training to staff working with trauma clients.

College House, Willerby Hill, Beverley Road, Willerby, East Yorkshire, HU10 6ED
Telephone: 01482 389374

Leeds - Leeds Community & Mental Health Services

Morley Health Centre, Morley, Leeds LS27 9NB
Telephone: 0113 2954618

Lincoln - Baverstock House

The Department is located in a dedicated building near Lincoln city centre within the ground of the County Hospital. Referrals are accepted from general practitioners and staff within secondary specialist services, but not direct referrals unless assessment and therapy is to be provided privately.

The waiting time for NHS referrals is approximately 9 months, but under special circumstances it is possible to make urgent arrangements, usually within a matter of weeks.

A broad range of individual therapies are offered, tailored to the stated preferences of clients.

St Annes Road, Lincoln, LN2 5RA
Telephone: 01522 560617
Contact: Roderick Orner (rorner@cix.co.uk)

Manchester - The Department of Clinical Psychology

Withington Hospital, Manchester M20 8LR
Telephone: 0161 291 4319

Northampton - The Ferguson Unit, St Andrew's Hospital

A secure psychiatric unit for women, many with trauma histories.

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG
Telephone: 01604 616695

Nottingham - Centre for Trauma Studies/Traumatic Stress Service

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Westminster House, 598 The Wells Road, Nottingham NG3 3AA
Telephone: 0115 952 9436

Oxford - Oxford Department of Psychology Trauma Clinic, Warneford Hospital

An out-patient clinic specialising in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences in adulthood including PTSD, depression, panic and other anxiety disorders. Open to referrals from community mental health teams in Oxfordshire. The clinic does not accept direct referrals from the public.

The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Trauma Service A specialist clinic for the assessment and treatment of PTSD. There is a charge for treatment and it accepts referrals from the public as well as GPs.

Both services located at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford.

Warneford lane, Oxford, OX3 7JX
Telephone: 01865 226430

Reading - Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service

Contact: Department of Clinical Psychology, Erleigh Road Clinic, Erleigh Road, Reading, Berks RG1 5LR
Telephone: 0118 9296400

Watford - The Post Traumatic Stress Clinic

Shrodells Psychiatric Unit, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Herts, WD1 8HB
Telephone: 01923 217554

York - The Retreat Hospital

The Retreat is a not for profit charitable organisation providing assistance for individuals experiencing mental ill health. Offer specialised trauma services which can be provided on an in-patient or out-patient basis.

LONDON Institute of Psychotrauma

Provides assessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in adult sufferers who are resident in the Trust catchment area and are already within secondary mental health services. Research into the impact of trauma on mental well being and effective psychotherapeutic interventions.

Provides of brief psychological therapies for sufferers- including CBT, systemic work, creative art therapy &couple / family interventions Discharge summary with post treatment measures and recommendations to secondary services about ongoing care Ongoing research into the nature of PTSD, its causes and alleviation

William Harvey House, 61 St Bartholomew's Close, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE
Telephone: 020 7601 7019

The Trauma Clinic

The Trauma Clinic is a private out-patient service operating in London's West End. It specialises in helping adults with emotional reactions to adversity, including PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders. Self-referrals as well as referrals from GPs and specialists are accepted and appointments can usually be offered within a week.

Devonshire Street, London W1W 5DY
Telephone: 020 7323 9890

Post-traumatic Stress Service, Department of Clinical Psychology

Lakeside Mental health Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 6AF
Telephone: 020 8321 6440

The Tavistock Clinic

120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA
Telephone: 020 7435 7111

The Traumatic Stress Clinic - Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

Offers specialist outpatient treatment for Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other specific psychological reactions to Trauma. Offer a full multi-professional service including consultant psychiatrists, chartered clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and family therapists.

University College London, 73 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PL
Telephone: 020 7530 3666
Fax: 020 7530 3677

Traumatic Stress Service - St George's Hospital

Clare House, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT

The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma - South London & Maudsley NHS Trust

Provides an outpatient clinic specialising in posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Offers specialised psychological treatments (usually cognitive behavioural treatments). Accepts referrals from general practitioners and community mental health teams in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust catchment area (Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham), but not direct referrals from the public. Patients are offered the choice of two different appointments for assessment within 1 to 13 weeks, depending on availability and preferences. After assessment, there may be a further wait until treatment commences.

South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, 99 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ


The Priory

Who are they?

The Priory Group is an independent provider of acute and secure mental health, neuro-rehabilitation and specialist educational services.

How can they help?

The Priory runs a network throughout the UK of acute hospitals, clinics, specialist schools, rehabilitation centres and secure units. The Priory offers treatment and support services for a range of psychiatric and related conditions.

Telephone: 01372 860 400
email: info@priorygroup.com
Post: Priory Central Office , Priory House, Randalls Way, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7TP

Capeo Nightingale Hospitals

Capio Nightingale Hospitals is part of the Capio Group - an independent provider of Specialist Health Care. Capio Nightingale Hospitals are located in Central London and Liverpool and specialise in the treatment of psychological and emotional problems, addictions and eating disorders. The hospitals offer a dedicated team of Consultant Psychiatrists , therapists, counsellors and trained nurses and provide specialist services for the assessment and treatment of PTSD.

Telephone: 0800 783 0594

Ex-service organisations and charities
The Royal British Legion

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, can signpost towards appropriate assessment/treatment for PTSD, provide 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.

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


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.

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
Email: Confidential email accesible via the SAFFA Website

MoD's Veterans' Agency

Who are they?

Provides services to war disablement pensioners, war widows, their dependants, carers and other veterans of the UK Armed Forces. The War Pensioners' Welfare Service (WPWS) started in 1948 when Welfare Managers were appointed to offer practical help with all kinds of problems.

In 1990, a Government sponsored report on the efficiency of war pensions recommended that a dedicated unit should administer it and in 1991 the War Pensions Directorate was launched, becoming the War Pensions Agency in 1994.

In 1992 the War Pensions Helpline was set up to offer assistance over the phone to war pensioners and their representatives. In April 2000 following a recommendation by the Social Security Select Committee the helpline became a Freephone service to all residents in the UK.

Ex-Service personnel seeking advice on PTSD from the MOD's Veterans Advice Unit are referred to a variety of contacts for assistance. These contacts include firstly an individual's local GP who can refer him or her to a consultant. If individuals believe the PTSD symptoms to be directly related to their work in the Armed Forces, they are referred to the War Pensions Agency for assessment of their entitlement to a war disablement pension. A caller would be advised of voluntary organisations that specialise in PTSD such as 'Combat Stress'.

Telephone: 08001692277


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