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19-20 June 2019, Manchester Central

19-20 June 2019 . Manchester Central

Mental Health Zone | Combat Stress – Celebrating 100 years of supporting veterans with their mental health

20th June, 2:00-3:00pm  |  Exhibition Hall


Chair: Sean Duggan, Chief Executive, Mental Health Network.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity. In 2019 we mark the milestone of our centenary, a century of supporting former servicemen and servicewomen to recover from their military service related mental health problems. Today we provide support to veterans of all ages, from every service and every conflict.

At Combat Stress we know veterans’ mental health better than anyone else. We are UK experts in delivering treatment for military trauma with international renown. We have a highly productive and influential research department and continue to explore novel, effective and efficient ways of treating veterans and their families. We provide veteran-advised, effective and timely clinical services in addition to offering our expertise to others.

However, the scale of the problem is huge. Our own data, and that of the NHS and MOD, forecasts that demand for veteran mental health services will continue to grow over the next decade.  Combat Stress, in collaboration with other charities like the Ripple Pond, is in a position to complement and support NHS services with highly specialised and targeted services.

In this session, we will discuss in more detail the needs of veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for the safety and security of our country. We will explore the extent to which the landscape of veterans’ mental health is changing, our knowledge of veterans’ mental health needs is becoming more sophisticated and how are adapting our models of service delivery and evidence-based treatments accordingly. We will also discuss the need for greater local and national collaboration, strategically and operationally.

Further speakers to be confirmed. Read more about the Mental Health zone.