Armed Forces Covenant

If you have a patient that is struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across Northamptonshire for veterans and those affected, please reach out.


 Call 0300 323 0137 or email


If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is
available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.


It does not matter if you're due to leave the armed forces, just left the armed forces or left many
years ago. Op COURAGE are here to help and understand the courage it takes to speak to


When you contact Op COURAGE, you'll speak to people who:


  • understand the armed forces and military life
  • are either from the armed forces community or highly experienced in working with serving
    personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families
  • will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support, and treatment
The first step to getting help is to contact Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.


You can contact the service yourself or ask your GP, a charity or someone else, such as a family
member or friend, to do this for you.


The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support.


Everyone is different, so the service offers a range of treatments, including:


  • working with Defence Medical Services to make sure you get mental health care and support
    as you transition from the military to civilian life
  • recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing care and treatment for this
  • therapeutic treatment for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
  • intensive emergency care and treatment if you're in a crisis
  • helping you to access other NHS services if needed, such as "Improving access to
    psychological therapies" (IAPT) and eating disorder services
  • working with charities and local organisations to support you with your wider health
    and wellbeing needs, such as housing, relationships, finances, employment, drug and alcohol
  • misuse and social support
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, the rest of the family can be affected.


Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service can help your family get care and support from local services. With your permission,
they can also be involved in your care plan.


To get help from this service you must:
  • be a resident in England and have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
  • be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
  • provide your military service number or another form of eligibility


Urgent and emergency support from other NHS services
If you experience a mental health crisis you can also get help by dialling 111, booking an emergency GP appointment,
visiting A&E or calling 999. 


@NHFTNHS runs Crisis Cafés with @MindCharity which are a place for you to go when you feel in crisis and need
a friendly face and a listening ear. The timetable and locations across the county are available here: .
Mind Cafés have professional mental health workers who can offer you a safe space, with the aim is to support people to
reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their
mental health and wellbeing.  There is no need to call, just drop in to find a safe place with hope and comfort and find your pathway to recovery.
Mental health support for anyone in Northamptonshire.  Call anytime of the day or night: 0800 448 0828.
Lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week


Help for Heroes
Attached is a leaflet about the Help for Heroes charity. The clinical team that covers Northamptonshire consists of Sarah Kirkby and David Hornsby. They are both Registered Nurses and between them they have extensive military and NHS experience. They provide community-based engagement with Veterans in order to support them and the specific health care needs that the Veteran’s community experience. The easiest way to get support is for Veterans to go to the H4H website and click the “Get Support” button, or they can call 0300 3039888. Once a Veteran has done this, they will be contacted by the charity to ensure they get the correct support from the team covering their area.
Defence Medical Welfare Service
DMWS have a team of trained and experienced welfare officers.
Call: 0800 999 3697


Combat Stress
24/7 Helpline.
Call: 0800 138 1619


Minds at War
Call: 0800 0209 716


Samaritans work with the Ministry of Defence and other charities to support service personel in the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.
For more information visit:
Need someone to talk to 24/7:
Call 116 123
Write the Samaritans an email, sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better, email: (24 hours response time)


Project Nova understand events in Afghanistan may be distressing to serving Military and the Veteran community.
If you have been affect by these events, they are here to support you.  Call:
0800 917 7299


Substance misuse support
If you or your loved ones need support through substance misuse recovery, there are some great organisations in
Northamptonshire that support the armed forces community. Information provided to the following organisations
will be treated in a confidential manner. You will be treated with utmost respect when accessing the services.


Organisations that support recovery
You can self-refer to the following organisations or get a referral through a professional.
If you need help and advice please ensure you visit your GP or social worker, who can refer you to the appropriate organisation.


Bridge are primarily based in Northampton but operate countywide. They are a commissioned service that
provide peer mentoring support. Clients must be at least 18 years of age to use their services. The mentors at
Bridge have all overcome substance misuse and therefore have a good understanding of addiction and how to overcome it.


​Substance to Solution
Substance to Solution are a countywide organisation and work jointly with Bridge. They provide a vast range
of services for every stage of your recovery including:
  • specialist prescriptions
  • family support
  • group sessions
  • detox
Find out more about Substance to Solution on the Change Grow Live website.





armed forces covenant


Pat Haslam
Armed Forces Covenant Lead
01604 651136

Kelly West
Communications and Engagement Manager
01604 651446

Operation Courage
Veterans Mental Health Service
0300 323 0137 



Last updated: 02/12/2021