To recognise World Mental Health Day this Saturday 10 October, we want to encourage any vets out there who are struggling to get in touch with us.
We run a Veterans’ Mental Health Transition Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We support Armed Forces veterans experiencing a variety of challenges post-discharge, including mental health difficulties, and problems with housing, finances and employment - many of which were made worse as a result of COVID-19.
Whilst we moved to online and telephone appointments earlier in the year as a result of COVID-19, we are now starting to provide safe face to face appointments in many areas as well.
Antony Colton, a veteran himself, and the Network Engagement Lead for our TILS service explains how lockdown affected him.
“For me personally, the lockdown was very good, or so I thought. I was able to connect with the green spaces around me, I increased my physical activity with the family, we enjoyed more quality time together, especially around mealtimes. I was able to have my support network close at hand and I didn’t need to get involved in the scramble of traffic, shops or daily life, so stress levels and panic attacks reduced considerably. I had more time to balance work and life.”
“The downside of lockdown was that I had become accustomed to this new way of living. I was very comfortable, and a return to a new normal is quite stressful.”
Across the population, COVID-19 has increased isolation and loneliness and anxiety.
Find out more about our TILS service
Veterans can be particularly impacted, especially when first leaving the armed forces. If you are a veteran, (or indeed a healthcare professional, charity or the family of a veteran), you can make a referral to our specialist TILS service, or contact our service for more information.
Call 0118 214 3262