Health and wellbeing - Armed Forces community

Support and information about services and health advice

Council and partner services

Visit our health and wellbeing page to find all services available to the armed forces community on this topic.

The NHS and a number of charities provide a range of services to support members of the armed forces and veterans, and we have listed some on this page.

When registering with your local GP make sure to let them know your armed forces background. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition related to their service, regardless of whether they receive a war pension.

Government support

Defence recovery and personnel recovery centres provide treatment and support for wounded, sick and injured service personnel.

The Battle Back programme is a sport and training programme for wounded, injured and sick personnel from across the Armed Forces.

Charities and other resources


The Armed forces and veterans healthcare page of the NHS website lists how the NHS can help members of the armed forces and veterans.

NHS Mental health services for veterans.

NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults aged 40 to 74 designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type two diabetes and dementia.


Blesma, The Limbless Veterans provides support to limbless and injured veterans for life.

Mental health charities

Combat Stress is a 24-hour mental health helpline for:

  • veterans and their families: 0800 138 1619
  • serving personnel and their families: 0800 323 4444

Hidden Wounds from Help for Heroes provides free and confidential psychological wellbeing advice and support to eligible veterans and their families.

Walking with the Wounded's Head Start programme provides 1-2-1 private therapy for ex-service personnel with mild to moderately severe mental health difficulties.

London Veterans Partnership offers physical and mental support to veterans

Further help

For help with a specific query, please get in touch with us via email

Armed Forces services