Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Op COURAGE also know as 'operation courage' provides a range of specialist support and treatment to veterans, depending on the needs of the individual. To be eligable for support you need to have served at least one day in the armed forces (Army, Navy, Royal Air Force) and Op Courage will provide timely and co-ordinated support, whenever you may need it.
The support you recieve may include helping you to recognise and treat early signs of mental ill health, as well as providing care and support for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma. As well as this, the service provides support and treatment for a range of addictions, such as alcohol and drug misuse and gambling. If required, users can be referred on to other NHS services if needed.
Op COURAGE also works with charities and local organisations to provide support for wider health and wellbeing needs, which may include help with housing, relationships, finances and employment.
We know that when someone is unwell it may affect the rest of the family, so Op COURAGE can support them access help and care too.
Mental health and social services can have long waiting lists and some users may find it challenging to be directed to the most appropriate service or charity.
Veterans and the public are advised to contact Op Courage directly to make an appointment or ask someone like a family member, friend, charity or health professional to make the referral. You can also ask your GP to refer you, but you don’t have to go through your GP to get an appointment.
For details of your local service, visit nhs.uk/opcourage