Founded in 1919, Combat Stress has dedicated the last 100 years to helping former servicemen and women overcome trauma-related mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and a future.

Over the last century treatment for PTSD has changed enormously. However, mental health problems that veterans can face are as relevant today as they ever were.

After the First World War thousands of servicemen returned with shell shock. They received little or no sympathy from the public and were locked away in war hospitals or asylums. Others chose to suffer in silence.

A century on and veterans still struggle to leave behind experiences from their military career.

To help them tackle the past and take on the future, we provide a range of free services at our treatment centres and through regional community teams, including short-stay clinical treatment, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, occupational therapy, a Peer Support Service and a 24-hour Helpline. Our support is as vital today as it was for veterans in 1919.

Demand for our services has almost doubled in the last decade. It’s thanks to the ongoing generosity of the British public that we can continue to help those veterans in need of our unique mental health treatment – today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

If you’re a veteran, or know a veteran, struggling with a mental health issue please call our 24-hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619 or visit

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