Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service provides specialist care and support for:

Those due to leave the Armed Forces
Those who’ve already left.
It is developed by veterans, for veterans. Op COURAGE is available across England and since 2017, has helped nearly 30,000 people.


If you would like more information on the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, you can download the leaflet below.

After serving in the Armed Forces, some people find it hard to adjust to civvy street. If you’re struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is here to help.

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Who can access Op COURAGE?

If you’re experiencing mental health problems and due to leave the Armed Forces, a reservist or already left the military, Op COURAGE can help.

It doesn’t matter how long you served for, or when you left.

To get help you must simply:

  • Be a resident in England and have served in the UK Armed Forces for at least a full day
  • be registered with a GP. practice in England, or be willing and eligible to register with a GP.
  • Provide your military service number or another form of eligibility.

What services does Op COURAGE offer?

Midlands Op COURAGE is a partnership of eight specialist organisations that provide an integrated service across the whole midlands region.

Through your journey with the service your care and support could come from one, or several parts of the partnership. You will always have one person responsible for overseeing your care, and all the organisations work together as a team to ensure the best outcomes for you and your family.

The first stage of your journey is a referral supported by Mental Health Matters who provide our referral and support lines.

From there, your assessment, care planning and treatment will take place within our pathways provided by:

  • Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust,
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust,
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust
  • St Andrews Healthcare.

Depending on what you need you could be offered a range of specialist support and treatment, tailored to your needs.

This includes:

  • Helping you to recognise and treat early signs of mental health problems, as well as more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma.
  • Providing support and treatment for substance misuse and addictions.
  • Liaising with charities and local organisations to support your wider health and wellbeing, such as help with housing, relationships, finances and employment.
  • Referring you to other NHS services, where needed.
  • Recognising that your family may also need help and care and supporting them to access this.

Some of these interventions will also be provided by our partners in:

How to contact us

Veterans, their families or other health professionals can refer, or self-refer to services on:

Calling 0300 323 0137
Emailing: mevs.mhm@nhs.net

Visit www.OpCourageMidlands.nhs.uk for more information.

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