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On this page you will be able to find news articles, reports, along with details of training and events that relate to the mental health needs of service personnel, veterans and their families.

If you are looking for support information click here.



Roger - run by Veterans for Veterans - weekly meetings

rogerlogoRoger is a project run by Veterans for Veterans and their families. Roger aims to encourage self-support networking groups for ex service personnel across Tyne and Wear. Come along to the next RV and meet with others  if you are in need of support or wish to support others.

Every Second and Fourth Tuesday Evening of Each Month 18:00 - 21:00hrs, at

St Georges Army Reserve Centre (5RRF), Sandyford Road, Newcastle, NE2 1DF

(more venues are planned around the region)

Get in touch with Jack English by telephone or email between 09.00 hours and 17.00 hours weekdays to find out more about Roger meetings.

Telephone: 07943 174944,  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also see website here.

Notes from the North East Veteran’s Network, 11th July ‘14

At this event hosted by Finchale College, participants chatted, exchanged ideas and information. David Etheridge, Principal of Finchale College, hosted and opened the event.

The speakers were Dr Rob Wilson, Newcastle University; who informed the group of the work of the research project into sharing and using information concerning the veterans' community.

Lt. Col. Mel Pears who introduced the Finchale project, which focuses on armed forces personnel and their families returning to the North East, following medical discharge.

Jim Khambatta – NHS England. Jim covers the North Yorkshire and Humber area, however he has given a very similar talk to CCGs around the North East, aiming to try and promote the forces within NHS England.

Colin Hutchinson, from Forward Assist – this is a veteran centric support service and campaigning organisation – delivered an at speed, condensed summary of what his organisation could offer: including running About Turn – a training centre, reducing social isolation, providing activities,

The final speakers were Julia Molony and Sue Hawkins (The Ripple Pond). Both women gave heart-felt renditions of their lives with their military serving sons, the traumatic experience and how they coped.

Information was shared regarding the MHNE charity event, planned for Thursday 27th November. The idea was mooted of not only having a table from Finchale, but also possibly booking a Veterans' table. An ideal opportunity to start the Xmas festivities,

Veterans Mental Health Awareness App

nhsFollowing the success of their innovative Joining Forces mental health awareness app for serving military personnel ( and in response to demand from veterans, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the launch of the Veterans Mental Health App.

The free Veterans Mental Health App (search apple or android store for this title) includes help and guidance on key mental help conditions and also features videos of veterans telling their own stories about their mental health problems and journeys to recovery. The App's innovative functions have been designed specifically for service veterans, providing tailored information on key mental health problems including anxiety, post-traumatic stress and depression, as well as highlighting where to access help.