Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging military veterans across the county to get in touch if they are feeling low this festive season.
Christmas and New Year is when people spend time with loved ones and celebrate the festivities and Christmas cheer. However for some veterans and their families, this can be a difficult time of year and can bring back memories of those who may have been injured or lost lives while on tour. The Military Veterans" Service in Lancashire is encouraging veterans who may need specialist support to get in touch if they are feeling low or are concerned about their mental health. The service covers a range of areas including PTSD, anger management, stress and substance misuse and veterans can self-refer into the service using an online form.
Keith Isherwood, Military Veterans" Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"The Military Veterans" Service is here to provide help and support to veterans across Lancashire. We understand the difficulties faced by those coming out of the forces and having to adjust to civilian life, and we have ex forces personnel and their family members within the team to provide specialist insight into life both in and out of the forces. Christmas and New Year can be difficult for veterans and may lead to alcohol or substance misuse or depression. We encourage anyone who is concerned for their mental health or that of someone they know to get in touch with the team and find out how we can help and remember; you don"t need to go through this alone."
The Military Veterans" Service is a partnership between Lancashire Care and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. For more information about the Military Veterans" Service and to make a self-referral, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Military-Veterans or call 0300 323 0707.
Telephone referrals can be made Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm expect for Bank Holidays, and will be closing at 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.