Core Group Partners

Combat Stress

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is a national charity that offers mental health support to veterans in an environment that is sensetive to the military culture and encourages peer support. Many staff are ex-military and the organization offers telephone help and advice, community mental health treatment, welfare and specialist residential group and individual multidisciplinary treatments, carers groups and rehabilitation.

Visit the Combat Stress website


The NHS is responsible for the health of veterans and has been since 1948. Until recently there have been no specialist services for veterans. North Essex Partnership (NEP) is dedicated to making life better for those experiencing mental ill health and their families.  As well as providing the very best care and treatments, in-patient services and community support systems possible, we’re also committed to providing information and support to people of all ages so they can maintain better mental wellbeing. We also enthusiastically support the Time to Change campaign to stamp out mental health stigma and discrimination for good.

About us: We have over 2,000 employees working across 113 teams from 78 sites serving a population of over 1 million. We provide services to people living in over 1,000 square miles of north Essex, as well as providing some specialist services to Suffolk, east Hertfordshire and south Essex.

The broad range of services and individual care we provide can be categorised around six groups of people – children and adolescents, young adults, acute adults, older adults, adults who misuse substances and adult rehabilitation.

Visit the NEP website



The MoD are represented in this network by the Colchester based Department of Community Mental Health. Part of the Defence Medical Services, the DCMH provides servicemen and women in the East of England a local and easy to access mental health team that truly understands the context of military service. Members of the team have themselves deployed on active service as serving military mental health professionals. The department also employs a range of civilian specialists that support the work. Close liaison is maintained with their civilian counterparts locally in Colchester and further afield as required.

Visit the Army mental healthcare website