UK Veterans Charity Initiative for Mental Health Therapy Support
Veterans’ mental health charity PTSD Resolution and peer-to-peer veterans network Phoenix Heroes have launched a service to support former forces personnel following the completion of mental health therapy.
Colonel Tony Gauvain (retired), chairman of PTSD Resolution says:
“This collaboration with Phoenix Heroes extends the post-treatment care available to the veterans, reservists and families that we help, to complete their journey back into a normal family and work life. Phoenix brings together veterans to support each other through a range of social and sporting activities, as well as delivering help with employment and training.
“It is important that armed forces charities, each with their specialist expertise, work together to provide joined-up support that addresses the mental health, social needs and work needs of our veterans.”
PTSD Resolution - a member of the Cobseo group of veterans charities - provides therapy for the mental welfare of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families, with some 3,000 referrals to date. Trauma treatment is free and can be promptly accessed either locally in person or over the internet, through a network of 200 UK therapists.
Therapy is delivered in an average of six therapy sessions, with measurement of symptoms before and after each visit. In 78 per cent of cases there is an improvement in symptoms to a level where the client and therapist agree that no further therapy is required.
Phoenix Heroes provides peer to peer support for veterans through a range of activities. These include golf, veteran community days and carp angling breaks in the UK and France and through the charity’s Veteran Carp Angling Club.
There is also support with employment and training through a network of veteran-friendly organisations that Phoenix has developed, across a spectrum of skill sets and industry sectors.