There is a new NHS service for armed forces veterans experiencing severe mental health problems across the North of England – and we are part of it.
The Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) provides care and treatment for veterans who are in a mental health crisis and need urgent help. It works with local mental health services including us, that are already treating a veteran, to improve experience and outcomes for them.
In the North of England, the service is being delivered in partnership between the NHS and well-established veterans’ support charities. Together, they work with local mental health services to provide:
· Support to crisis care services for veterans presenting in a mental health crisis
· Support during an inpatient unit stay – including access to a clinician advice line 24 hours a day, seven days a week
· Care navigation – helping veterans and their carers find the local services best suited to their needs, and
· Support and care for family members and carers where they need it.
The HIS forms part of specialist mental health support for veterans. If you are a veteran please tell your clinician.