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New Service Launched for Armed Forces Veterans in North Yorkshire

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6:53am 8th March 2013

Military veterans in North Yorkshire are being given specialist mental health support.

It's hoped it'll get more troops to come forward when they struggle with life after serving.

Armed Forces veterans in Yorkshire and the Humber will now have access to the new mental health service which provides outreach workers able to assess the needs of former servicemen and women.

The Armed Forces say that the majority of veterans do not experience any greater incidence of mental health difficulties than the general population, but add that for a small proportion that do have problems their experiences and background may make it less likely that they will seek help.

Funding for the service has been provided by the Government following the publication of “Fighting Fit: A Mental Health Plan for Servicemen and Veterans” by Andrew Murrison MD MP. It will ensure, say the Armed Forces, that local services are better able to meet the needs of veterans with outreach workers liaising with local mental health services, primary care and service charities.

You can find more details here:  http://www.humber.nhs.uk/services/veterans-outreach-service

Or you can email them at: veteransoutreachservice@humber.nhs.uk

Or you can phone them on 01482 617 594

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