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Commonly known as: armed forces, armed forces community, veterans, regulars, reserves


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Veterans and mental health

A significant number of veterans experience high levels of mental health problems. These could include anxiety, depression, problems sleeping and post-traumatic stress disorder.

There is help and support available from general mental health services but there are also services available for the Armed Forces Community. The Armed Forces Community includes all serving personnel (regulars and reserves), veterans and their families.


General mental wellbeing information and advice

This website contains information, advice and resources relating to a variety of common mental health problems such as anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression, anger and low mood.  It also contains a range of self-help resources, courses and signposting to local activities, helplines and support.


Information and advice for armed forces and veterans

If you are looking for specific information, advice and support for veterans please take a look at the self-help resources below.

  • The Caerphilly County Borough website provides local help and support for members of the Armed Forces who are residents of Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire. The website contains information on sources of advice and support, including details of a local Armed Forces Forum, free swim sessions, training and other useful information.
  • The South East Wales Directory of Services is a comprehensive directory of support for Armed Forces (including all servicing personnel – regular and reserves, veterans and their families) living in Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
  • Veterans NHS Wales has information on specialised, priority services for individuals who have served in the Armed Forces, at any time in their lives and who are experiencing mental health difficulties related specifically to their military service: There is a dedicated service for veteran residents in Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire.

Links and details for these organisations and websites can be found below.

If you need further help 

If the information, advice, resources and courses on this page have not been helpful and/or you think you need more help, there are many free support services available.  

If you are worried about your general mental health, and live in Wales, phone NHS Mental Health 111 and choose Option 2 . This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free to call from a mobile (even when the caller has no credit left) or from a landline. The service will provide immediate support over the phone to help cope with how you are feeling, and if needed, a referral to mental health services will be arranged.   

If you live in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, and are aged over 18, you can contact your GP surgery to make an appointment with a Psychological Health Practitioner (PHP) or a GP.  by contacting your local GP surgery. PHPs are NHS mental health practitioners that are available at most GP surgeries in ABUHB area.  They provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. Appointments can be either face to face, or over the phone.  

Or alternatively contact another approved helpline. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.   

If you are an unpaid carer for a veteran, visit our unpaid carers page for more information and advice. 

Last updated: 12.02.2024

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Self-help resources for veterans and armed forces

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Armed Forces – Directory of Support South East Wales

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SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity

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Armed Forces Directory of Support Gwent

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Armed Forces advice and support | Caerphilly Council

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Specialist support and helplines for veterans

See below for helplines relevant to veterans. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

Veteran’s NHS Wales

Veterans NHS Wales – Helping Veterans Getting Back On Track With Their Lives

Visit the Veteran's NHS Wales website ➝

Veteran’s Gateway

Information and support for veterans and their families for help with housing, mental wellbeing finances and more.

Visit the Armed Forces Covenant website ➝
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