Veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress has received a £40,000 grant from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and their strategic partner, Greenwich Hospital.
This generous grant has been awarded to go towards core treatment and support costs for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans that come to the charity. Combat Stress provides specialist treatment at its treatment centres, practical and clinical support in the Community and a free 24-hour Helpline.
Robert Marsh, Director Income Generation at Combat Stress said:
“We’re so grateful to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital for this grant towards the support of Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans.
“It is important that we raise awareness and funds for the charity to ensure we can continue to support every veteran that needs our help. We would like to thank The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital for supporting Combat Stress and veterans with mental health problems.”
Mandy Lindley, Director of Relationships and Funding at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity said:
“As the official charity of the Royal Navy, we’re delighted to support the vital work undertaken by Combat Stress.
“The funds provided by the RNRMC and our strategic partner, Greenwich Hospital, will continue to ensure that naval veterans struggling with mental health issues can gain access to specialist clinical treatment and support, that helps to rebuild lives.”
For more information on The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity please visit rnrmc.org.uk
For more information on Greenwich Hospital please visit grenhosp.org.uk
Notes to editors:
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.
For almost a century we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Over the past five years (2012 to 2017) we have seen an average of more than 2,000 referrals each year. Demand for our services continues to grow – we have seen a 143% increase in referrals from ten years ago.
On average it takes 12 years after leaving the military for veterans to contact Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex. However, veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are coming to Combat Stress much sooner (three and four years respectively).
To help veterans rebuild their lives, we provide a range of free services:
- Short-stay clinical treatment at our treatment centres in Ayrshire and Surrey
- A specialist Intensive Treatment Programme – delivered at our treatment centres
- Community Teams – providing treatment and practical support to veterans. Last year our regional community teams undertook almost 5,400 face-to-face appointments
- Outpatients – assessment by psychiatrists and psychologists – at our treatment centres and in the community – enables us to diagnose, define and deliver the treatment veterans require
- Occupational therapy – delivered at our treatment centres and in the community, we use meaningful and creative activity to encourage hope, wellbeing and recovery
- Peer Support Service – Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems. The service enables them to share their experiences, receive support and socialise with others with similar experiences.
- Substance Misuse Case Management Service – helping veterans to access the services for their drug and alcohol problems so their mental health issues can be addressed
- Our 24-hour Helpline is there for veterans, serving personnel and their families (0800 138 1619)