Military charity Help for Heroes has grant funded more than £1 million to the NHS to ensure Veterans suffering from mental health problems will get quicker access to support…

Help for Heroes, which offers support to Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered life changing injuries or illnesses, is grant funding £517,389 to Veterans’ NHS Wales, £431,109 to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and a further £178,000 to The Change Step Project, a Veteran to Veteran peer mentoring scheme.

For Veterans living in Wales, the funding means improved access to effective support and benefit from reduced waiting times for 120 former service personnel with service-related mental health problems. The money will help fund three additional NHS therapists who can treat 40 new cases each year.

Veterans currently living in Swansea, Newport and North Wales are waiting up to 9 months after initial assessment to start weekly psychological therapy. The grant will help ensure they can access specialist support within 4 weeks for an assessment and can start therapy within 26 weeks; 3 months sooner than they had previously been able to.

The funding to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust will improve access to treatment for Veterans with service-related mental health problems in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

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