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Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service

Hampshire and Isle of Wight veterans and their families experiencing mental health crisis can now access a new mental health High Intensity Service (HIS).

Veterans, or their loved ones, can call NHS 111 if they need urgent mental health support or are in a crisis, say that they are a veteran and access rapid support from mental health practitioners within 111.  Alternatively, veterans can ask their GP or any advocate to make a referral on their behalf.

The HIS is part of a trio of specialist mental health support for veterans which are already up and running across the South of England, which includes the Veterans’ Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS). Working alongside these services, the HIS aims to provide a swift and direct route into dedicated mental health services, whilst providing a wrap around service to manage social health problems, such as homelessness, debt and joblessness.

The HIS is part of a new national pathfinder being rolled out across areas of England from November 2020 onwards, with Solent NHS Trust as the Lead Provider for the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It has been launched in response to the feedback from the Veteran community.

You can refer a veteran or a member of their family into the High Intensity Service via NHS 111, by emailing snhs.veteranshis.se@nhs.net, or the veteran themselves calling 111.

For more information on the HIS, visit the Solent NHS website.