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Health and wellbeing for armed forces personnel

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After leaving the forces, the transition back to civilian life can present real challenges for some people. In the borough of Rochdale several organisations have pledged to support those who need it by signing a covenant. Find out the health and wellbeing support available to armed and ex-arme​d forces personnel from the military and the Merchant Navy, their families and carers.

  • Priority NHS care for veterans When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it's related to their service, whether or not they receive a war pension. 
  • Mental health issues​​ ​We support individuals with mental health problems through an integrated service with Pennine Care Mental Health Foundation Trust. A service that meets the specific needs of military veterans across the North West by Pennine Care provides primary care mental health support to veterans and their families. The service can help people with a range of common mental health and social issues, such as difficulties engaging with generic services, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hypervigilance, trauma related to direct experiences from serving in the armed forces, sleep difficulties, nightmares, flashbacks to experiences from service. Family members can also be referred for emotional difficulties related to family member time in service, relationship difficulties and family therapy. Pennine Care Trust Military Veterans' Service
  • Access mental heath services Rochdale and District MIND (including Bury and NE Lancs) promote positive mental health and well being to all.  Most services are primarily funded only for residents living in the borough of Rochdale.
  • Disabilities We will assess and support people on an individual basis.
  • Do you need immediate mental health help? Find 24 hour services.
  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Bereaved Families Support Group The Bereaved Families Support Group provides emotional and social support and a signposting service for those families requiring welfare support to the families of members of the armed forces who have died in service whatever the circumstances. BFSG is run by SSAFA​ Forces Help which is the national charity for those who service in our armed forces, those who used to serve, and their families. SSAFA Support Groups New address from 28 May 2013: Queen Elizabeth House, 4 St Dunstan's Hill, London EC2R 8AD.
  • Army welfare and support Provides a range of welfare support to families while soldiers are away. This support is provided to both Regular Army Families and to those of mobilised members of the Territorial Army or the Regular Reserve.
  • The Navy Families Federation Provide details of organisations that specialise in advising family members.
  • The Royal Air Force Families Federation Provides service personnel and their families with information and advice ranging from relationships to relocations and from education to professional welfare support.



01706 924279

Phone: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm.

Out of hours emergencies​

Number One Riverside
Floor 2
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU