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Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Some people find it hard to adjust to civilian life after serving in the Armed Forces. Op COURAGE, the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, is here to help.

Op COURAGE is an NHS service developed by and for people who have served in the Armed Forces and experienced mental health problems.

The service is shaped for veterans and reservists. Everyone at Op COURAGE has either served or has experience working with the military community. They understand the unique challenges you may be facing and are there to support you.

In partnership with Armed Forces charities and NHS services, the Op COURAGE team provide specialist care, support, and treatment for those due to leave the military, reservists and those who’ve served. Since its launch in 2017, the service has helped nearly 30,000 veterans.

What does Op COURAGE offer?

Op COURAGE provides a range of specialist support and treatment, depending on your needs—there’s no ‘one size fits all’.

This might include helping you recognise and treat early signs of mental ill health, as well as providing care and support for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma.

Op COURAGE is not just about mental health support. 

They can help you with any challenge that affects your wellbeing – from addictions and housing to relationships and employment.

Op COURAGE is committed to supporting families. They can help your family access help and care, provide information and resources, and offer support groups specifically for families.

Who can Op COURAGE help?

Op COURAGE is here to support all UK Armed Forces veterans living in England, regardless of their service history. If you served for one full day, regardless of how long ago you left the military, Op COURAGE is here for you.

Op COURAGE also supports serving personnel about to leave the Armed Forces and reservists.

How do you access Op COURAGE?

You can contact Op COURAGE directly to make an appointment. Alternatively, you can ask someone else, such as a family member, friend, charity, or health professional, to make it for you. 

You can also ask your GP to refer you, but this is not a requirement. For details of your local service, visit