Lincolnshire armed forces veterans asked to share their mental health experiences

Lincolnshire veterans who served in the armed forces have been encouraged to share their experiences of mental health services to help improve future care across the country.

An NHS England survey has been launched to get the views of veterans who access services as they move from military to civilian life.

It hopes to understand the reasons why some people have not sought or received support and treatment, as well as gathering input from family members, staff and organisations providing treatment in this area.

The NHS currently provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans, which includes those run by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

The trust’s Veterans’ Mental Health Services enable specialist staff to care for ex-forces personnel with mental health needs, directing them to the most appropriate service and effective treatments.

Paula Jelly, LPFT’s veterans’ service regional lead, said: “Providing effective help and support to our veterans leaving the services is of vital importance to ensure a smooth transition and access to NHS and third sector services.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for feedback to be collated which can then inform both the current and future of service provision for our veterans and also their families and carers.”

Dr Jonathan Leach, Chair of NHS England’s Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group said: “Some individuals can experience very traumatic situations whilst serving in the military before facing the additional challenges of moving back into civilian life – all of which can take a severe toll.

“We are asking for feedback from veterans, their families and NHS specialists so that the right care and support is available early and easily for those who need it.”

The deadline for responses is March 31, 2016.

Click here to take part in the survey.