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  • Introduction
  • Veterans and mental Health



Most people leaving the Armed Services make the transition to civilian living. However, others may need additional help and support to make that transition.

Veterans and their families may experience problems with:

  • Employment housing
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Debt and finance
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Relationships
  • Social supports
  • Offending behaviour

Veterans are becoming younger and younger, with the average age of the ex-serviceman or women likely to be in the early to mid-30s.

In Scotland, official estimates suggest there are 2000 new service leavers settling every year, and approximately one million (20%) of the population is directly or indirectly linked to a veteran.

That makes quite a big impact on the social and economic make up of Scotland so looking after veterans is a major priority for the Scottish Government and public sector organisations.


Veterans and Mental Health

Veterans may experience a range of mental health difficulties including:

  • Depression
  • Anger management issues
  • Stress difficulty
  • Sleeping
  • Drugs and alcohol misuse
  • Trouble adjusting to war memories and trauma

Useful Links

Army Welfare Service

Armed Service Advice project

Combat Stress Veterans Mental Health Charity

Veterans First point (V1P) is a one stop shop for vets and their families living I nthe Lothians.

Veterans Scotland