Veterans in the south of England will receive life-changing treatment and support to ‘leave the trauma of the battlefield behind’ thanks to a Veterans’ Foundation grant.
A £30,000 award to Combat Stress will allow hundreds of ex-service personnel with mental health issues to access intensive treatment programmes organised at their centre in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Robert Marsh, Director of Fundraising at Combat Stress, said: “This grant will help to fund our delivery of life-changing treatment and support to approximately 350 veterans with complex mental health issues in southern England.”
“We have a fantastic team of mental health professionals to treat them, including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, art therapists and peer support workers,” added Robert.
“Together, they help veterans rebuild their lives and leave the trauma of the battlefield behind.”
The UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, Combat Stress have been helping members of the Armed Forces for over a century, addressing conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
From tailored clinical treatment plans to a 24-hour confidential helpline, the charity provides a range of assistance for veterans and their families who turn to them in their darkest hour.
“We are extremely grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for their very generous support and, of course, to everyone who plays the Veterans’ Lottery, which enables the Foundation to support the veteran community,” said Robert.
“This funding, especially after the last 18 months of the pandemic, as well as the recent events in Afghanistan, will certainly be an incredible support to veterans living in the south of England who are in desperate need of our services.”