Cruse Bereavement Counselling

Can provide support to military families following bereavement, including practical information, dealing with the media and what support can be expected from the military after a death in service. Offices in Pulborough, Brighton and Eastbourne.

Tel: 0808 808 1677

Cruse website

Winston's Wish

Bereavement support programme for children and young people from military families across the UK affected by the death or life limiting illness of a parent or sibling.

National Helpline: 0808 8020 021

Winston's Wish website

Scotty's Little Soldiers

Provides support to individuals aged 0-18 who have lost a parent who was a serving member of the British Armed Forces at the time of their death, or was medically discharged due to an illness which subsequently led to their death.

Tel: 0800 0928 571

Scotty's Little Soldiers website


If you lose someone who has previously served in the British Armed Forces, or you are ex-Forces and you lose someone, then SSAFA is committed to giving support during your bereavement.

Tel: 0800 169 9060

SSAFA website

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Provides a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feeling, so giving and gaining support from each other.

Tel: 0300 111 5065

SOBS website

Mental Health

NHS Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Providing specialist armed forces mental health services including the complex treatment service across the South East Coast.

Op Courage website

Combat Stress

The primary mental health charity for veterans, providing clinical treatment and welfare support for psychological wounds. A 24 hour service, 365 days of the year.

24 hour helpline: 0800 138 1619

Text: 07537 173683

Combat Stress website

Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme

Offers a full mental health assessment by a consultant psychiatrist to anyone who has seen operational service since 1982 or Reservists who have been on operations since 2003. Treatment is offered to those whose mental health is attributable to their service.

(GP Referral required)

The VRMHP provides assessment and treatment advice for Service and ex-Service personnel who believe that their service may have affected their mental health.

For more information, contact:

Freephone: 0800 032 6258

UK Government website - Support for War Veterans

Referrals to be sent via:

Veterans and Reserve Mental Health programme
DCMH Colchester
Merville Barracks
Read Hall House

Help for Heroes

Run in-house programmes such as Hidden Wounds for (ex) armed forces personnel requiring psychological support.

Tel: 01903 844280

Tel: 0808 2020 144

Together All

An online service for anyone with mental health difficulties (free for serving personnel, veterans and their families) to talk about what's troubling them. The service is completely anonymous. Trained professionals, called Wall Guides, are online 24/7.

Promotes self-management and wellbeing.

Togetherall website


An online platform with tools and resources to help defence personnel with their mental health and fitness.

HeadFIT website

All Call Signs

This is a peer support organisation and platform for veterans, service personnel and their families. It is a place for conversations around mental health and well-being. Whilst we’re all here to engage in those conversations, we are not a crisis service.

All Call Signs website

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

A free to use NHS programmes for adults registered with a GP in the local area. Specialist staff provide talking therapies and self-help courses to help with common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Talking Therapies website

SHOUT 85258

A 24 hour text service for anyone in crisis at anytime, anywhere.

SHOUT website

Sane HOUT 85258

Emotional support services including forums.

Sane website

C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Main focus is support for male mental health.

CALM website

Cruse Bereavement Care

Can provide support to military families following bereavement, including practical information, dealing with the media and what support can be expected from the military after a death in service. Office in Pulborough, Brighton and Eastbourne.

Cruse website

Sussex Mental Healthline

Support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression.

Sussex Mental Healthline website

Veterans Growth

Veterans' Growth is a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel who are suffering from mental health issues. We offer horticultural therapy and support. Includes one-to-one sessions and group work.

Veterans Growth website

ADFAM Support for Veterans’ Families

The service is open to any adult family member of someone who has served in the British armed forces and also has drug or alcohol problems.

ADFAM website


NHS Veterans Trauma Network

Provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemenetd by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

The nearest clinics are in London.

  • GP Referral Form can be found in Emis
  • Referral Form can be found in Emis

Please use prompt “Veteran Gateway” and select VETERANS TRAUMA NETWORK 

Ref - OpRestore Veterans Physical Health and Wellbeing Service

Tel: 0208 548 7080

NHS Chavasse Clinic - Brighton

Run by Lieutenant Colonel Ben Caesar, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. ANY veteran can be referred to this service directly - they do not have to go via the NHS MSK service - and he will generally see a patient within 2-3 weeks after referral.

GP Referral Form can be found in Emis

Please use prompt “Veteran Gateway” AND SELECT CHAVASSE MSK CLINIC BRIGHTON


Tel: 0300 303 8360

Action on Hearing Loss

Aged Veterans Project offers information and support to older veterans with hearing loss or tinnitus. Focused on those born before 1 January 1950 but will assist all veterans who make contact.

Tel: 0808 808 0123

Information and support - RNID

Blind Veterans UK

Helps visually impaired ex-service persons with rehabilitation, teaching new skills, resolving housing issues, access to sporting facilities and social activities.

Tel: 0800 389 7979

Blind Veterans UK website

Veterans' Prosthetics Programme

Nine Disablement Service Centres (DSCs) across England have been selected to provide enhanced services to veterans who have lost a limb as a result of their service in the armed forces.


Care for Veterans

A 60 bed care home for nursing and rehabilitation in Worthing - specifically for physically disabled ex-service men and women. Rehabilitation services include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and speech & language therapy.

Tel: 01903 213458

British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association (BLESMA)

Provide rehabilitation and support to veterans who have lost limbs or their sight in service as well as supporting dependants and widows.

Tel: 020 8590 1124

Military Charity for Limbless Veterans

Princess Marina House (RAF Benevolent Fund)

Specialises in providing respite care and recuperative breaks to serving and retired members of the RAF.

Tel: 01903 784044

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Occupational Therapy Services

Local authorities support adults and older people with physical disabilities to remain independent and safe in their own homes.

Visit the websites or give the teams a call:

West Sussex, Tel: 01243 642121

The Disability Equipment Register

Dedicated website for the buying and selling of disability equipment.

Tel: 07845 041678

Disability Equipment Service

Disability Advice Centre

Advice and support to lead an independent life. Will help find and apply for grants to purchase equipment. They advise on entitlement schemes, provide information on local support groups.

Tel: 01273 894040

Disability charity, help, advice, information, wellbeing

British Red Cross

Provides short-term loans of equipment including wheelchairs, commodes and bathing aids.

Tel: 0344 871 1111

Hire or rent a wheelchair - British Red Cross

Shop Mobility

A service that helps all people who consider themselves to have mobility problems to get around city and town centres. Each scheme varies so contact the scheme you wish to visit.

Tel: 01933 229644

ShopMobility UK

Officers Association

Working with other services to provide an equitable and non-judgemental service to the maximum number of those eligible.

Tel: 020 7808 4175

Officers' Association


Breaking Free

This is an evidence-based online treatment and recovery programme for alcohol and drug dependence. 24/7 access

Breaking Free Online

West Sussex – Change Grow Live

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network, 
Coastal - Adur, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Worthing

Tel: 0300 303 8677

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network - Coastal Team

Carers Support West Sussex

For families and carers supporting those struggling with substance misuse

Tel: 0300 028 8888

Carers Support West Sussex

Sussex Armed Forces Network

The Network has been set up to improve standards of NHS Healthcare for Service and ex-Service personnel. A wide range of organisations ensure the health needs of the local Armed Forces community are being met and considered across local health services. Contact through website.

Armed Forces Network

Be Gamble Aware

Advice and access to free, confidential help. Tips on how to stay in control.

Tel: 0808 8020 133


Alcoholics Anonymous

This is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Support and Meetings for men and women 

Narcotics Anonymous in the United Kingdom

West Sussex Wellbeing

Information on services in West Sussex to help improve general wellbeing

West Sussex Wellbeing

Alcohol Change

Charity which provides help to people with information, advice and support 

Alcohol Change UK


Website provides information to help make choices about drinking


Offers free, confidential, and accurate information and advice to callers who are concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking.



Gives friendly, confidential advice on any subject related to drugs.

Honest information about drugs - FRANK

think drink drugs

Online resource for drug and alcohol facts, support services and latest information for Kent and Sussex

think drink drugs

Royal British Legion Industries

Wide range of accommodation and welfare support based in Aylesford.


Combat Stress

Specialist substance misuse teams giving advice on how and where to get help with alcohol or drug problems.

Substance misuse - Combat Stress

Social Care

Defence Medical Welfare Service

Provides independent and confidential medical welfare service to the Armed Forces Community and the police

Defence Medical Welfare Service website

Royal Air Force HIVES

Provides an information and welfare referral service to the whole AF Community

Visit the HIVE Finder

Caseworker and Face-to-Face Support

Royal British Legion – Pop-In Centre in Brighton. Direct support including help with complex needs.

Royal British Legion website

SSAFA – Local caseworkers provide home calls and face to face support.

SSAFA website

Support for families

Army Families Federation (AFF)

Naval Families Federation (NFF)

Royal Air Force Families Federation

The Ripple Pond - Support groups for families of injured service persons, veterans and reservists.

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs

Local clubs providing an opportunity to socialise over a meal with other veterans

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs


Forces Law

Network of civilian lawyers who specialise in advising serving and former members of the armed forces, their families and dependents. Services cover all aspects of civilian law: also provide advice and assistance to those who’ve been arrested, or referred to a court-martial.

Tel: 0845 601 1260

The Royal British Legion

Core services dedicated to Benefits and Money Advice as well as War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme advice. The Immediate Needs Grant Scheme can help with costs in a crisis e.g.: food and clothing. Grants can be applied for to help with e.g.: funeral costs, house adaptations, white goods, food vouchers or a disability.

The Royal British Legion Sussex County

The Forces Pension Society

Ensures Armed Forces personnel, their partners and dependants receive the pension to which they are entitled.

Forces Pension Society

Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committees

Formerly the War Pensions Committee. Advise veterans and their families on government pensions and allowances. Contact local office through:

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees

Turn 2 Us – Grants and Funding

Free online service to help people access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. Can filter searches by occupation – Armed Forces / Veteran.

Armed Forces | Turn2us

SAIL - Seafarers Advice & Information Line 

Advice on benefits, debt, housing and much more.

SAIL website


Job Centre Plus – For Ex-Armed Forces

Work Coaches identify whether a claimant has links to the Armed Forces.

Have a large list of referral organisations for ex-Armed Forces which covers provision across the country.

Run an ex-Armed Forces Hub to provide information and support on employment, volunteering, housing, health & wellbeing

Armed forces access to Jobcentre Plus services

Step into Health

Open to all Service Leavers and Veterans and their spouse/partner. An opportunity in which employers are working with the Armed Forces Community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS.

Contact online


Supports ex-forces and their families to start-up businesses by providing them with loans, mentoring and support.

X-Forces Enterprise - Helping You Be The Best in Business

Growth Hubs

Helps new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area.

Coast to Capital Growth Hub - Business Support Navigator

Civvy Street

Online, for job ready people to get further training and skills. Website has many job vacancies and access to free online courses. Tri-service and will help family members.

Employment support - Royal British Legion

RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity 

Supports all ranks to find employment from the day of discharge throughout their working lives.

Forces Employment Charity

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