EVEN more help is being offered to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in East Lancashire.

Military charity Veterans Association UK (VAUK), which has its main base in Burnley and a satellite office in Accrington, has helped to secure assistance for dozens of former service personnel.

As part of Stress Awareness Month, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting the work of its own Military Veterans Service.

Health chiefs are using the month-long publicity drive to encourage more ex-soldiers, sailors and air force members to reach out for support.

Joe Crocock, the service’s manager, said: “We recognise that adjusting to the change in lifestyle when leaving the armed forces can be extremely difficult.

“To support Stress Awareness Month we want to encourage veterans’ across the county who are experiencing mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety or those dealing with substance misuse to get in touch with the service for support.

“The service is made up of a team of specialists who understand the culture of the armed forces and can provide help for anyone who is experiencing stress or other emotional difficulties.”

It was reported last month how VAUK is set to move into the old Pike Hill Library in Burnley. The Lancashire Care service is on 0300 323 0707.