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 illness related to their time in the military and is here to help veterans regardless of when they left the armed forces.
The CTS is part of Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service – a new name for veterans’ three specialist NHS mental health services.
Our 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.
It provides therapies for veterans experiencing psychological trauma (such as post-traumatic stress disorder) alongside other treatments and advice, including help with substance misuse, physical health, employment, accommodation, relationships and finances.
We appreciate that the culture of the armed forces is unique, and that’s why a team provides this service in tune with military needs. Military experience is central to what we do, and the service has been shaped by feedback from veterans and their families.
This feedback called for a local, community-based service that provides:
- a range of prompt care and treatment that is sensitive to the culture of the armed forces
- integrated support with managing alcohol and substance misuse and anger issues
- support for families and carers who want to be more involved in the care of their loved ones