Combat Stress - grant award April 2017

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

For almost 100 years the charity has helped former servicemen and women in our British Armed Forces cope with trauma-related mental health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) anxiety and depression.

Combat Stress provide life-changing treatment to veterans from every conflict and not only offer vital help at specialist centres, but its dedicated and passionate teams also offer assistance online and via a free, 24-hour telephone helpline.

When a veteran requires help, the charity develops a programme of treatment and support to meet their individual needs and this can be from an hour a week at a local support group meeting, to a six-week residential PTSD treatment programme at a specialist centre.

Veterans’ Foundation funds will help the charity provide occupational therapy to former servicemen and women at the three Combat Stress treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey.

The grant will help with offering a variety of therapeutic activities to veterans in these treatment centres.

Not only will the money improve veterans’ overall health and wellbeing, but also enhance their involvement in community life and increase veterans’ access to mainstream support agencies.