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.
2019 SVC evaluation of status:
2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:
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.
2020 SVC evaluation of status:
2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:
The Scottish Veterans Care Network will focus on mental health services for veterans over its first two years. In addition, messaging on priority treatment will increase awareness of veterans’ rights and promote access to services. This recommendation is closely linked to Recommendation 5, in terms of access to mental health services and gathering intelligence on stigma and barriers to accessing services, is included in the proforma detailed above in recommendation 5. Furthermore, there is a proposed working group within the SVCN directly linked to national frameworks and pathways.