After determined campaigning by Mail on Sunday journalist Mark Nicol for a 24/7 direct phone helpline for our troops, 0800 323 4444 is now THE confidential number of the new Military Mental Health Helpline. It was launched at midday today (25th
February 2018) by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. The Government has also pledged an additional £2 million per year over the next decade to fund a vastly improved mental health service for our Armed Forces.
“Mental illnesses caused by life on the battlefield can have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families. It is our moral and professional duty to ensure that we do all we can for our world class troops.”
The new service, which is to be operated by leading veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress, will be targeted at serving troops and their families. I have nothing but support for this initiative and I truly hope that it can be successfully implemented. I was painfully reminded only this week that left untreated, in many cases undiagnosed, mental ill-health can have a terribly destructive effect upon you, your families; everyone in your life. For this to work, and work well, we need to break the stigma of mental illness. Seeking professional help when you are in crisis is not a sign of weakness, it’s a true sign of strength.
Don't bottle it up guys - 0800 323 4444
25th February 2018