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Hidden Wounds Service

What is Hidden Wounds?

The Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds service can support you if you are Ex-Service Personnel, or a family member, who is living with anxiety, depression, anger or wishing to change your drinking habits.


We know many Veterans struggling with their mental health have never accessed support before. If you are the loved one of a Veteran who hasn’t reached out, particularly if you are worried about the impact of your Veteran’s mental health on your own wellbeing, we’re here to offer free and confidential advice.


Support is delivered by phone, Skype or face to face.




What happens next?

Please note this is not an out-of-hours service. For immediate support, we encourage you to contact Combat Stress (0800 138 1619) or Samaritans (Freephone 116 123 ROI 1850 609090)


If you leave your contact details here, a member of the Hidden Wounds team will get in touch with you within 3-5 working days. This will be an informal, confidential chat with more information about the Hidden Wounds service and how we can help you or your loved one access the most appropriate support.


You can also email the team direct to chat more about the support available, by contacting us on the following details:




“Everyone I spoke to at Hidden Wounds was discreet, supportive, kind and empathetic; I never felt judged or pressured. Hidden Wounds found a way to support me that was tailored to my own experiences, arranged at a pace that suited my life. Please give Hidden Wounds a try. An email is all it takes to get in touch.”


Our Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or who wish to change their drinking habits.

Service Personnel in need of psychological support should contact your Medical Officer or Unit Welfare Officer, or Help for Heroes to see if we can support you in other ways. Those in need of support for children under 18 or for complex issues, such as PTSD symptoms, can also get in touch and we’ll help you find an organisation that can help.


Help for Heroes is proud to be a member of Contact, a collaboration of state, charitable and support organisations working to improve mental health support to the Armed Forces community.


For more information, you can contact the Hidden Wounds team confidentially 9am – 5pm by calling 0808 2020 144 (free from UK landlines) or emailing