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Watch our new video series illustrating veterans' experiences

C&I has co-produced a series of short videos with veteran service users to illustrate their experiences, mental health difficulties and accessing mental health treatment.
 
This is part of a programme of Veterans’ Mental Health Awareness Training that the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is delivering to a wide range of Criminal Justice System organisations, across London as part of a project commissioned by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. The scheme comes under a national initiative called OpCOURAGE.
 
This training aims to raise awareness of veteran mental health issues, support the development of trauma-informed practice and create veteran sensitive care pathways. 
 
In order to extend the reach and longevity of the project once funding ceases, the Education and Training Team are in the process of developing an e-learning package on Veterans Mental Health Awareness. 
 
This e-learning training package covers topics such as military culture, common mental health presentations of veterans, veteran offending behaviours, the role of trauma in offending behaviours, and some practical skills that can be used to support veterans. The videos are being circulated to support this e-learning package and highlight veterans’ experiences of service in the Armed Forces, military culture, the Criminal Justice System, as well as showing mental health difficulties and issues accessing mental health treatment. 
 
This video series has been developed by The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, part of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Lead providers of Op Courage London and South East region) and funded by the Armed Forces Covenant. They were produced by On Parade, a Veterans YouTube network providing insight into the issues facing military veterans transitioning into civilian life. 
 
The video series release will be on all C&I social media platforms every Wednesday at 12pm for the next five weeks, starting this Wednesday 24th March. 
For more information, please contact us via our website https://www.veteransservicelse.nhs.uk/.
 
Who are veterans? 
 
A veteran is anyone who has served one day or more in the UK Armed Forces including reservists. Some people may not consider themselves a veteran, so it is important to ask, ‘have you ever served in the UK Armed Forces?’ This video aims to break down misconceptions and stereotypes of who veterans are. 
 
 

Military Culture 

Do you know what it’s like to serve in the UK Armed Forces? Serving in the Armed Forces is a unique experience which builds so many valuable skills but sometimes these can cause difficulties transitioning back into ‘civvy street’. John shares his experiences with Op COURAGE – The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. 

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Veterans & The Criminal Justice System

In 2019, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) reported that 3.9% of the English prison population were Armed Forces veterans however the number who come in to contact with the Criminal Justice System is not known. This video shows some of the challenges faced by veterans in the CJS and the opportunities for intervention. 

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Veterans Mental Health Treatment 

The majority of veterans transition well into civilian life; however, a small but important proportion have difficulty and experience common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance use. Just as James does in this video, we encourage all veterans to seek support when they need it. 

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Op COURAGE

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, provides support and psychological therapies to UK Armed Forces veterans across London and the South East of England. If you are a veteran and need support or working with a veteran needing further input, please contact: https://www.veteransservicelse.nhs.uk/]

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