Reserves Mental Health Programme
The Reserves Mental Health Programme, run in partnership with the NHS, is open to all current or former members of the UK Volunteer and Regular Reserves who have been demobilised since 1 January 2003, following operational deployment overseas as a reservist and who believe that their deployment may have affected their mental health.
Once demobilised, it is a long established tradition that Reserve forces' medical care becomes the responsibility of their own local NHS primary care trust and the majority of veterans' physical and mental health needs are met by these provisions.
However, the MOD recognised that it has an expertise to offer in certain specific circumstances and in November 2006 launched a new initiative, the Reserves Mental Health Programme.
Reservists, both TA and Regular Reserves, who have returned from operations since 1 January 2003 qualify for enhanced support for mental health problems. (When mobilised, Reservists are treated exactly the same as Regulars.)
Any individual who thinks that they are eligible to access the programme and feels they need an opinion, should ask their General Practitioner to refer them to this service.
If eligible, an individual will be offered a mental health assessment. This will be conducted at the RTMC by appropriately qualified members of the Defence Medical Services (DMS). If appropriate and required, then individuals will be offered out-patient treatment by the DMS, available at one of the MOD's 15 Departments of Community Mental Health in the UK.
The programme is based at the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC), Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.
Concerned relatives or friends can obtain advice by calling 0800 032 6258.
A selection of guides for health professionals and a referral form for GPs is available to download on the right.