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A guide to accessing support on health issues for service personnel and veterans.

Healthcare for the Armed Forces

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NHS ChoicesHealthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Emotional First Aid (EFA), including primary first aid in Cornwall, is about encouraging the wider Children’s Workforce to get alongside a child or young person experiencing emotional distress, before any professional help is sought. We hope this will build capacity, capability and confidence in these Universal (Tier One) Services. 

You can contact the EFA team at the following address;

EFA team 2nd Floor
Adelaide Health Centre
Western Hospital Campus
William Macleod Way
SO16 4XE

The Community Veteran’s Service treats ex-service personnel who served in the British armed forces and who are subsequently experiencing problems with their mental health.

To make contact with the team write to;

Trevillis House
Lodge Hill
PL14 4NE

Telephone 01579 373737

Alternatively you can email the Veteran service at

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Please take alook at the LIVE ON webpage for more information. Local Devon and Cornwall webpages are available.

Battling On supports members of the British Armed Forces struggling to adjust to civilian life.

Entering civilian life after being in the armed forces can be a traumatic experience moving from a highly regulated environment to the freedom of civilian life. For many this transition is a difficult and painful experience with many reporting feelings of frustration, isolation and anger. Battling On offers wrap around resettlement support from helping deal with emotional and behavioural issues resulting from serving in combat zones to training and employability skills.

There are memory cafés in most of the major towns in Cornwall, which provide an opportunity for people with memory problems and those who care for them to drop in for a chat and a coffee.