This month the Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced an expansion of services to support veterans experiencing complex mental and/or physical trauma or related alcohol and substance misuse issues.
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Op COURAGE the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Service will receive a mental health support package of £2.7m, building upon previous mental health investment provided by NHS England.
Veterans urged to access specialist support
An estimated 38,000 ex and current armed force personnel suffer from addiction and substance misuse issues. Addressing that problem, the multi-million-pound investment, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said, would ensure that dedicated substance misuse services are integrated into Op COURAGE, improving access to services and support.
Combat Stress recently reported that the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan had sparked a 100% increase in calls to its 24/7 hotline, with many reaching out due to their experiences being brought to the fore once more.