Support is available for veterans, say NHS CCGs
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As the country marks Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday this weekend, it’s important to highlight the help and support that is available for veterans.
People across Cheshire will join the rest of the country to mark both Armistice Day (11th November) and Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 12th November, this year).
On both, two-minute silences will be held as we remember the end of the First World War and all of those involved in military conflict.
It is also a time when military veterans are recognised in their local communities at parades and services, and NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG are reminding local veterans that help and support is available to them.
If you are a serviceman or woman who has recently left the armed forces, it worthwhile noting that the NHS has a number of different services available to you.
It’s important that you register with an NHS GP and remember to tell them you've served.
Telling the GP practice about your veteran status will trigger the transfer of your full medical documentation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to your GP and enable you to benefit from veteran-specific services.
Mental health is just one area where support is available. Veterans in Mind provides psychological therapy and recovery services to ex-servicemen and woman who have served in the British Armed Forces living in Cheshire and Merseyside.
Veterans in Mind works with a number of other agencies to go further than just helping with mental health, and also supports personnel and their families with housing, finance, employment and social needs.
Lesley Cleworth, service delivery manager for mental health at the CCGs, said: “As the nation remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, it is important to also remember those who have come home and may have left the armed forces.
“Often when people leave the military they say they feel isolated and left on their own, but there is help available.”
Lesley added: “Please don’t suffer in silence, talk to your GP or Veterans in Mind to get the help and support that you and your family need.”
To find out more about Veterans in Mind, visit their website: www.gmmh.nhs.uk/military-veterans-services