0800 138 1619
If you’re currently serving or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call Combat Stress’ 24-hour mental health helpline.
A team of specially-trained professionals are available day and night to provide free confidential advice and support. We’re here for you whether you’re having a tough time, having trouble sleeping, experiencing flashbacks, feeling depressed or anxious, or just feeling that something isn’t quite right.
If you’re a family member or carer worried about the mental health of a loved one, or need to talk to someone yourself, you can call the helpline too.
The helpline is available
24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619.
Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444.
You can also text on 07537 404719 and email email@example.com Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider.
What happens when you ring the Helpline?
You will hear a short recorded message about confidentiality and then a brief silence while your call is added to our call handling system. Your call will then be answered by one of our Helpline advisors. If all the advisors are busy, you can either hold or leave a message so we can call you back.
How many times can I call the Helpline?
You can call as many times as you like. Callers often have the chance to speak to one of our nurses to begin the process of receiving help and support for their mental health.
What sort of advice will I get?
You will find out what help is available from Combat Stress and other organisations.
What happens if I'm in a crisis situation?
We are open all day, every day, providing emotional support and advice, but we are not a crisis service. If you call us and are in crisis, we'll find someone who can help you like the Samaritans or the Accident and Emergency department at your local hospital.
If you are in a crisis and need urgent help, please contact your GP, Samaritans on 116 123, or dial 999.