The South West Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans Complex Treatment Service (CTS) are part of the Op COURAGE Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.  TILS can support anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces community regardless of length of time served, rank or reason for leaving. We cover the areas of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.  

Our services are available to: 

  • former members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force regardless of rank, number of years of service or reason for leaving.  

  • reservists who are not currently mobilised.  

  • those who have served in the Merchant Navy in support of military operations. 

  • those who have served their National Service.  

  • former members of the Territorial Army. 

Veterans may experience a range of mental health difficulties, including: 

  • depression and anxiety.  

  • difficulty with sleeping. 

  • feeling overwhelmed.  

  • difficulty controlling anger and frustration.  

  • difficulty moving on from military life.  

  • alcohol, drug or gambling issues.  

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our practitioners can provide a comprehensive assessment and offer access to local support. Depending on each individual’s circumstances, we may signpost veterans to other local NHS services, third sector services or to our Complex Treatment Service (CTS) which can be accessed via the South West TILS. The CTS is an enhanced outpatient talking therapies service for veterans who have service-related, complex mental health difficulties that have not improved with previous treatment.  

We work in partnership with Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust across the south-central regions of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 

If you are a UK Armed Forces veteran, you can refer yourself or ask a family member, carer, GP or other health professional to contact:  

Phone: 0300 365 2000 (option 4) 

Alternatively, you can complete the referral form and email it to us at gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk 

Appointments are offered online or face-to-face within a 25-mile radius of a venue. 

When you contact us, you will speak to people who are either from the Armed Forces community or who are highly experienced in working with veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families or carers.  

If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces and looking for support, you need to be a resident in England with an identified mental health condition and meet one of the following criteria:  

  • be a resident in England and registered with a GP practice in England, or be willing to register with a GP. 

  • have served in the UK Armed Forces for a full day.  

  • be able to provide a military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.   

  • have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board.  

  • have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as needing follow-on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD. 

  • have had a pre-release medical and been identified by your DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support.  

  • have had a pre-release medical before you self-refer.