Make Time to Talk


Mental health problems affect one in four people and talking about it can make you feel awkward or embarrassed. It can leave you feeling isolated, worthless and ashamed of your feelings.

If that’s how you feel, have a chat with a fellow veteran helpline advisor. Take the first step and ask for help – it can make a huge difference. We’re here to listen now – contact us on 08‍08 80‍2 12‍12 or email us or you can speak to a friendly adviser via our live chat.

Here’s what some fellow veterans had to say after they reached out for help:

”Thanks for shining a light for people fighting darkness.”

“The first time I talked to someone about my mental health issues, I was in a dark place and not wanting to be here. As a veteran I’m very proud and found it hard to talk, and only when there was no other option, I reached out.”

“The relief was amazing; it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I thought I was the only person suffering.”

Choose to talk about mental health and help change lives by getting involved. Here are some top tips for starting and having a conversation about mental health, directly from our veteran helpline advisors:

  1. If you bottle it up, you may feel worse. A problem shared is a problem halved.
  2. Just remember that when you contact us, we’re non-judgemental, a place where you can off load to people who understand.
  3. Don’t be afraid to talk about sensitive situations. We understand, we’ve been there.

Veterans’ Gateway is encouraging people to open up and be more understanding about mental health issues. We’re here to help those suffering in silence. Here’s what one veteran had to say about the support they received:

“I’m really grateful to Veterans’ Gateway for referring me to ‘Help for Heroes’ where I have started therapy. I plan to do a four-day stay at Phoenix House in January. Thank you for your help at a difficult time.”

Struggling to get the conversation going? Time to Change has developed a handy conversation starter that you can use to help combat mental health discrimination.