Health and wellbeing support for armed forces personnel

There are several dedicated programmes in Bury to support armed forces personnel and veterans access health services.

NHS Healthcare for the armed forces community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Websites: NHS - Armed forces community: Healthcare for the armed forces community and NHS - Armed forces community: Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists.

Military Veterans Service

This service provides mental health support to ex-service personnel for conditions including depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.

All professionals in the team understand armed forces culture, with some of the staff being veterans themselves and others having family members in the forces.

Website: Pennine Care - Military veterans' services.

Defence Medical Welfare Service

The Defence Medical Welfare Service provides a 24/7 hospital/hospice based welfare support service for serving military, reservists, veterans and their families.

Website: DMWS - The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service.

Helpline: 0800 999 3697.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity, supporting almost 6,000 veterans.

Website: Combat Stress: For veterans' mental health - Get help.

The Royal British Legion

Providing help and support to service men and women and their families.

Website: British Legion - The Royal British Legion.

Helpline: 0808 802 8080.

Walking with The Wounded - Head Start

Head Start provides 1-2-1 private therapy for ex-service personnel with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and adjustment disorder:

Website: Walking with the wounded - Head start.

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

Free help and advice on any issue if you have ever served in HM Armed Forces.

Website: Gov.uk - Veterans UK.

Telephone: 0800 169 2277.

SSAFA Forces Help

Website: SSAFA - The armed forces charity (Greater Manchester).

Telephone: Greater Manchester branch 0300 365 1885 (office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm)

Confidential helpline: 0800 731 4880 (open 10.30am to 10.30pm, 365 days a year)

NW Reserve Forces and Cadets' Association

Website: NW Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.