SVC Recommendation 7: Barriers to Accessing Services
The Scottish Government and NHS(S) should build on existing work aimed at reducing barriers to veterans accessing mental health services. This will include measures to address issues of stigma, seeking help, and improving awareness and understanding within the medical profession. This should be taken forward by the Joint Group and network, and included as part of the Mental Health Action Plan.
Scottish Government update:
Last year the Scottish Government provided £825,000 to support the Veterans First Point services network and will provide a further £1.6 million over the next two years to 2020, a total of £2.4 million. Funding for specialist and community outreach mental health services by Combat Stress for veterans resident in Scotland continues at £1.424 million for this year.
SVC evaluation of status:
Not yet implemented