Who can access TILS?
One of the mental health services that the NHS in England provides as part of their care for the Armed Forces community is the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS). It is a self-referral service, alternatively, a GP or military charity can also refer.
TILS provides a range of treatment, from recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early support, to therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Help may also be provided with housing, employment, alcohol misuse and social support.
There has previously been some confusion over who is eligible to access TILS with the name of the service suggesting that it is just for Veterans. However, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recently confirmed that the service is also for reservists (active and non-active) and serving personnel approaching discharge from the military. Reservists do not have to have served as a Regular previously.
To access TILS, you must:
• be a resident in England and have served in the UK Armed Forces for a full day (including as a reservist)
• be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing and eligible to register with a GP
• provide your military service number or another form of eligibility
TILS is available across England and the leaflet entitled : NHS mental health care for veterans gives further information about how to contact the service directly depending on where you live.
Your GP should know about TILS, however, they may not be aware that it is also available for reservists (active and non-active) and serving personnel approaching discharge from the military. If you have any difficulties with accessing TILS and you think that you fulfil the eligibility criteria above then please contact me at the RAF Families Federation and I may be able to help; [email protected]