For those unfamiliar with the service, OP COURAGE is a specialist NHS mental health service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, veterans and their families.
Patients can contact the service to make an appointment, or ask a family member or friend to do this. It is important that any patients who are veterans and struggling with their mental health have the option of referral to this service. The new service combines the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS), the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS).
This means that veterans can access the most suitable level of service for them across seven regions in England.
Please visit the following link for further information: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mental-health/veterans-reservists/
What type of help is available?
Op Courage responds to your individual needs including:
- Intensive medical care and treatment if you are in a crisis
- care and treatment for anyone displaying the early signs of mental health problems
- therapeutic treatment for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
- helping you to access other NHS services such as eating disorder services, and ‘Improving access to psychological therapies’ (IAPT)
- assisting with your wider health and wellbeing needs by working with charities and local organisations across housing, drug and alcohol misuse, finances and more
- helping you to transition to civilian life by ensuring you get mental health care and support from the Defence Medical Services
How do I get help from Op Courage?
You will need to:
- live in England and have served in the UK Armed Forces for one day
- be registered with a GP practice in England, or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
- provide your military service number or another form of eligibility