A conversation with a veteran - Armed Forces Day 2019

This is the story of Adam Brook - a former soldier who has been engaing with the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service

Saturday 29 June is Armed Forces Day which is a chance for people nationwide to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

To coincide with Armed Forces Day, we recently spoke to Adam Brook to ask him about his experience of the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service which is offered by the Trust.

Adam’s story…

The NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS) is a specialist community mental health service for armed forces veterans.

It is for those experiencing complex mental health difficulties related to their time in the military, and is there to help veterans regardless of when they left the armed forces.

Vicki Ray, Clinical Team Manager – Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service, said;

“The CTS has been running for just over one year now and I’m so proud of the team for their passion and enthusiasm to deliver such high-quality care.

“As a service we will be growing over the next year and I’m so looking forward to helping more and more veterans who are living with a complex mental health difficulties.”

The Veterans’ Mental Health and Complex Treatment Service has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in Mental Health’ category at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

The service is for former forces personnel in the north of England – from communities from South Yorkshire and Cheshire up to the Scottish Borders – and is run in partnership with the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, Combat Stress.

More information about the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service can be found on the Trust’s website.