A Veterans’ Foundation grant will help The Contact Group (‘Contact’) to ensure that UK veterans in need receive the best mental health support.
Contact is a UK collaboration of charity, academic and professional organisations working to improve the mental health of the UK Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans and their families.
The £3,500 grant will be used by Contact to assist two small charities, Veterans at Ease and MODE Rehabilitation, to participate in the Contact and Royal College of Psychiatrists' new Quality Network for Veterans Mental Health Services (QNVMHS) for the coming year.
“Contact is very grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for this award,” said Dr Charles Winstanley, Independent Chair of the Contact Group.
“The funding will help two small charities participate in the new initiative and in time, this network will lead to an assured, high-quality UK veterans’ mental healthcare sector for the benefit of all.”
QNVMHS is the first quality and accreditation programme for veteran-specific mental healthcare providers in the UK and the two new members of the network can now take advantage of benefits including self and peer reviews as well as training and networking opportunities.
“We are grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for recognising the importance and essential role of the new quality network through this award,” added Charles.
Image courtesy of Combat Stress, a member of The Contact Group