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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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How we can help

Care for Veterans

We provide psychological therapies services (known as 'IAPT' services - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) which offer support to those facing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and a number of other conditions. This service is called 'Birmingham Healthy Minds' and is supported by people who can relate to military experience and seek to listen and understand your story, and to guide you through some of the barriers you may face as a veteran. Click here to find out more information about Birmingham Healthy Minds.

We are also developing our clinical services and working towards providing care and support that is specific to those who have served in the military. We aim to bring together nurses, support workers, psychologists - with both military experience and expertise post-military mental health - into a package dedicated to providing veteran-centric care that supports veterans from military discharge to settling down into civilian life.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Services

Our Community Mental Health Teams can support veterans with Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Services. Community Mental Health Teams offer support through assigning an IPS worker to work directly with veterans, helping them through mental health issues and working to secure employment. IPS workers are experts in the field of understanding military life and the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. They also aim to support veterans as individuals to overcome these challenges by recognising the many skills veterans have and using them to break through any barriers that may be holding them back. 

Veterans who wish to receive support from an IPS worker should speak to their clinician from the Trust.

Families and Carers

As part of our clinical services development, we look to provide support to families and carers of veterans, again through clinicians and staff who have experience of caring for/being related to those who have served in the military. 

GPs

If you feel that you are experiencing any kind of mental health issue after serving in the military, it is advisable to consult your GP. They can refer you to the most appropriate service or to our mental health services.

Transition to civilian life

A number of our staff can understand some of the challenges when transitioning from military life to ‘civvy street’, having been there themselves. Even once a veteran has found care, they may have difficulty in finding housing, employment, on-going psychological and emotional support, as well as other aspects of moving to civilian life. We seek to not only support veterans to go in the right direction to live a fulfilling, happy life, but to also break any barriers and remove any stigma associated with doing so.

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