ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are pleased to award Combat Stress with a grant of £350,000 to go towards helping the charity provide continuous support for veterans’ mental health.

Combat Stress is a leading charity for veterans’ mental health. This year the charity marks its 100th year of helping former servicemen and women with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Combat Stress offers a range of free services at its treatment centres and in the community, such as its specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, occupational therapy, a Peer Support Service and its Substance Misuse Case Management service. The charity also delivers a 24-hour Helpline for veterans and their families (0800 138 1619) and a Helpline for serving personnel and their families (0800 323 4444).

Sue Freeth, CEO of Combat Stress, says: “We’re extremely grateful to ABF The Soldier’s Charity for this generous grant, which will help us provide vital support to Army veterans. Over the last ten years we’ve seen demand for our services double – it’s crucial that we raise awareness and funds to ensure we can continue to support every veteran who needs our unique mental health treatment.”

Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity added: “We are pleased to be supporting Combat Stress and helping them deliver the all-important help and support to those who need it. Mental health is a topical subject and an important one which we are keen to support Combat Stress with.”