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About us

Here for veterans in their time of need

We are Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For over a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. 

Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.

The work we do is life-changing and often life-saving. No one else does what we do.

Our unique and specialist services

Our aim is to treat veterans’ symptoms and improve their quality of life. We want to help veterans tackle their past and take on the future.

Veterans with complex mental health conditions need a specialist team made up of different mental health professionals to help them and we provide this. Our clinicians work closely with each other and the veteran to develop a treatment plan that best suits their needs.

We directly employ our own clinical staff to provide our highly specialised treatment to UK veterans at our centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our treatment is available online, in the community, through outpatient appointments and also on a residential basis when required.

Our 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619 is available to all veterans and their families for confidential mental health advice and support. We also have a range of online self-guided resources, to help veterans with a variety of mental health difficulties, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, and alcohol and substance misuse. These guides have been created by our specialist clinical team, in partnership with veterans. Guides are also available for veterans' families and employers of veterans. Visit https://selfhelp.combatstress.org.uk

Demand remains constant
Since 1919 we have provided support to veterans from every Service and every conflict. Our support is vital to those who turn to us at their darkest hour. For many, this is years after leaving the Armed Forces – on average, it takes a veteran 14 years to ask for our help after leaving Service.   

Support for veterans and
their families

How your donations help

Your supports makes a life-changing difference to veterans

For every £1 donated to Combat Stress, 81p is spent on vital treatment, care and support. Your donation will empower veterans, rebuild families and save lives. 

For every £1 raised we spend

Our mission

Our mission is to provide support and treatment to veterans with complex mental health problems to help them tackle the past and take on the future.

Our vision

Our vision is for all former servicemen and women with complex mental health problems to live full and meaningful lives.

Our values

Together: We are united in purpose, collaborative in action. 

Focused: We're clear about what we will and won't do to deliver the best outcomes.

Bold: We'll do and say what we must to achieve our organisation's vision.

Personal: We respect diversity and appreciate everyone's individual needs and talents.