Local MP and former Defence Minister Philip Dunne has welcomed the launch of a new helpline and £220m of funding to help tackle mental health issues for Service Personnel.
The new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline launched on Sunday, and has been advertised across all three services through a major internal communications campaign on mental fitness. Service Personnel can call 0800 323 4444 to access the new helpline.
The helpline is being run by Combat Stress, the leading veteran's mental health charity. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is providing additional funds to enhance Combat Stress' existing service - which is predominantly aimed at veterans - to ensure any serving service personnel in crisis are provided with the appropriate support tailored for their needs.
Mr Dunne said: "The launch of this new helpline, alongside a commitment to £220m of funding for mental health services over the next decade, is a real step towards proper recognition of the strain Service can have on our Armed Forces and their families.
Combat Stress are already a leading organisation is providing mental health assistance to veterans, so I hope the new service will ensure those currently serving can access the help they need."