The Royal British Legion (the Legion) and Combat Stress have joined in partnership to carry out a three year programme focusing on the mental health needs of Armed Forces Service personnel and veterans. In addition the programme also seeks to cover a broad range of health issues faced by the Armed Forces community.
The main aims of the programme are to:
- Build knowledge among clinicians and service providers on the health effects of Service in the Armed Forces and promote proven pathways to treatment.
- Bring together views of the Armed Forces community and voluntary sector organisations on health and care policy to present these to the DH and relevant policy makers and service providers at local, regional and national levels.
- Create and facilitate capability, capacity and coordination within the Armed Forces and veterans charities sector, and to highlight areas of shared interest and good practice with other voluntary sector organisations and stakeholders.
- Promote health and wellbeing amongst the Armed Forces community by raising awareness of proven service interventions and pathways particularly in the area of mental health illnesses, alcohol misuse and traumatic injury and bereavement.
This programme is funded through the Department of Health's Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership Programme. Click here for more information.
As part of this programme we have created a Strategic Partners Working Group to oversee the delivery of the three year plan and to discuss emerging policy issues.
To see a summary of what the Legion and Combat Stress achieved in the first year of the Strategic Partners programme 2010-2011 please follow this link to download the document.
To see a summary of what the Legion and Combat Stress achieved in the second year of the Strategic Partners programme 2011-2012 please follow this link to download the document.