Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said:
“We welcome the speech by the Prime Minister, including her recognition of the importance of seeking help early for mental health. We know that some veterans with mental health problems are already seeking help early – at Combat Stress we have seen a 71% increase in referrals in the last five years – but there is more to do to encourage people to come forward and receive treatment as soon as possible.
“Veterans with mental health issues need to have access to the help that they need, and Combat Stress is working with Government and other charities to break down the stigma still surrounding mental ill-health.
“We welcome the announcement of an increased focus on mental health in the workplace and recognise the role employers can play in helping veterans with mental health problems stay in work. About a third of the veterans of working age who come to Combat Stress for support are in employment.
“We strongly encourage veterans and their loved ones to call our 24-hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619 for support and advice.”