Veterans' mental health support

We provide clinical treatment and support for veterans from the British Armed Forces, with a focus on those with some of the most complex mental health issues. When some military personnel leave service, their experiences can’t easily be left behind. Without treatment, psychological trauma can eventually tear lives apart.

We believe military trauma shouldn’t destroy the lives of veterans and their families. For over a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity, the work we do is life-changing and often life-saving. No one else does what we do. We provide the only intensive mental health treatment service to UK veterans. Our services are provided across the UK, in-person and online. At a time that can be isolating and daunting, we're here to help.

Our helpline

If you have served or are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces, you can call the Combat Stress’ 24-hour mental health helplines.

Veterans and their families can call

0800 138 1619

You can also text on 07537 173683 and email Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider.


A team of specially-trained professionals are available day and night to provide free confidential advice and support. We’re here for you whether you’re having a tough time, having trouble sleeping, experiencing flashbacks, feeling depressed or anxious, or just feeling that something isn’t quite right.

If you’re a family member or carer worried about the mental health of a loved one, or need to talk to someone yourself, you can call the helpline too.

Serving personnel and their families can call

0800 323 4444

Our 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619 remains available to all veterans and their families for confidential mental health advice and support. However we are unable to take calls from those under the age of 18.

If you are under 19, call Childline

If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small. Call free on 0800 11 11

Mental health support
Helping with money
Information and advice
Managing a long-term health condition
Mental health
Service access criteria:

People who are serving or have served in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Additional needs catered for:
Takes place in the client’s home
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