military-vets-support-h4h-wwtw_244x316.jpgWelcome to the Military Veterans' Service for Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

What we do

We provide mental health support to ex-service personnel for conditions including depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some people who have served in the armed forces say that they can experience emotional difficulties and find it hard to ask for help. This may be because of difficult experiences or simply adjusting to civilian life.

Pennine Care previously delivered the service across the North West as part of a pilot and has so far helped over 3,500 veterans with a range of mental health problems.

Our expert team is overseen by a consultant clinical psychologist and includes clinical psychologists, specialist psychological wellbeing practitioners and case managers who all understand armed forces culture.

Some of our  staff are veterans themselves and others have family members in the forces. Veterans have told us this makes a big difference in giving them confidence that the service can help them.

  • We are working in partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to provide the service to veterans living in Lancashire
  • We also deliver the transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service in the North West, providing support for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later.
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust delivers the service across Cheshire and Merseyside.
  • Military Veterans in Liverpool should access the Talk Liverpool service, provided by Mersey Care NHS Trust
Get help
  • You can call us directly on 0300 323 0707 to discuss your needs (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
  • You, or a family member, can make a referral via our simple online referral form. Please do not use this form if you are a professional wishing to make a referral (please see link below).
  • GPs and health and social care professionals should download and fax, post or email our referral form
  • Email mviapt.enquiries.nw@nhs.net

For more information, follow us on Twitter at @MVS_GM or @MVS_Lancs

Find out more about the service, what we offer and how we can help by viewing our video below.

Charities that support us

We are proud to be supported by Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.

Help for Heroes

As part of their campaign to increase veteran’s access to effective treatment, Help for Heroes have funded two new full time therapists with us.

This new and additional funding means veterans with service related mental health problems in Greater Manchester and Lancashire now benefit from reduced waiting times for psychological therapy.

Walking with the Wounded

Walking with the Wounded have established two individual placement support (IPS) workers in the MVS. This innovate step will support veterans who have been in receipt of mental health treatment back into work.

The IPS Model, previously only adopted by secondary care community mental health services, is an evidence-based intervention to support people with mental health

Overcoming barriers

We worked in partnership with Walking With the Wounded, Veterans In Communities and Inspiration NW, to deliver ‘Overcoming Barriers’

Overcoming Barriers was a pilot scheme, commissioned by NHS England, to develop various projects with the aim of helping veterans overcome barriers to accessing mental health services. The projects were tested in Greater Manchester with a view to them being rolled out across England.

If you'd like to find out more please contact the.mvs@nhs.net or call 0300 323 0707.

Mefloquine

Mefloquine (commercially known as Lariam) was an anti-malaria drug which was often prescribed to overseas service personnel.

If you have any concerns relating to your experience of Mefloquine, advice and support is available through the Ministry of Defence via the Mefloquine Single Point of Contact.