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Armed Forces mental health helpline launched

The government is to launch a 24-hour phone helpline for armed forces personnel with mental health problems. It is to help serving personnel, veterans and their families.

The helpline will be run by mental health charity Rethink - with the help of veterans' group Combat Stress, which will guide and train staff.

The Combat Stress Support Helpline, on freephone 0800 138 1619, was announced in October 2010 as part of a review of the provision of mental health services for veterans.

The helpline will provide veterans and their families with a service that will help and support them whenever and wherever they need it.

The Department of Health is also working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop training tools for GPs to better recognise the needs of veterans.

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