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Helping our heroes into civilian life

MANY ex-forces personnel who are struggling with mental health, addictions and lifestyle issues receive support from our various services.

Now mental health staff are being asked to refer veterans to Glasgow’s Helping Heroes (GHH), an organisation that can help with other problems such as finance, housing and isolation.

Colin McCormack, head of mental health adult services, said: “We can treat and support health needs, but we know that men and women returning from combat roles can find it difficult to cope with everyday life.

“This is why I’m encouraging staff to ask patients if they have served in the armed forces and live and work in Glasgow, and make them aware of GHH.”

Meanwhile, as part of their work to support this group of patients, the south health improvement team set up Glasgow Veterans United in conjunction with Rangers FC.

It’s a course offering a mix of health workshops and football coaching training. Group members were recently delighted when Gers star Joey Barton dropped in to find out more about the project.

>> For more information about GHH, visit: 
>> To make a referral, phone 0141 276 7199 or email: [email protected]

Pictured above: Joey Barton (back row, centre) meets Group members