18 January 2021
Military veterans experiencing mental health difficulties are urged to get in touch with our specialist veterans mental health team so we can help them get the support they need as early as possible.
Our Transition Intervention and Liaison Services (TILS) supports the very specific mental health needs military veterans can experience including anxiety, depression, problems controlling anger, alcohol and drug misuse, sleep problems, problems with adjustment and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The team supports military veterans in County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and the Vale of York who experience mental health challenges during the transition from armed forces service to civilian life, and in later life.
Our TILS service also works with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide mental health support to military personnel approaching discharge.
David Shaw, a community psychiatric nurse in our TILS team, said “For some military veterans, experiences during military service, or after their transition to civilian life, can trigger problems with their mental health and wellbeing. These issues can arise many years after leaving the Armed Forces and for many, getting support from mainstream NHS services is not always suitable.”
Our TILS team members provide support exclusively to veterans and serving personnel and so have a working understanding and knowledge of armed forces life and culture. The team can help veterans get in touch with the right local services to help them such as employment, housing and financial services. The team can also provide mental short term psychological interventions.
Veterans can self-refer to TILS or ask their GP or military charities to help them contact TILS.
More information about TILS including who our service can support, groups that can help make referrals and the range of support available can be found on our Veteran Transition Intervention and Liaison Services (TILS) North England webpage.
NHS TILS services are in place across England; our TILS service is part of the North England TILS.