Veterans and their families in Hull will be given the chance to learn about health support in the region.
The second annual Supporting Our Armed Forces Community event is a chance to look at help available for veterans across the region. This year, the focus is on health and, in particular, mental health.
About 200 people are expected to attend the conference, which will be opened by Col (Retd) Tony Philips MBE and Commodore Phil Waterhouse ADC RN.
Hull City Council’s Tracy Harsley, who is the Regional Armed Forces Covenant lead, will look at regional services and support and James Greenrod will consider the Ministry of Defence’s role and the Armed Forces Covenant.
Chris Long, chief executive of Hull University Hospital NHS Trust and Mandy Dawley, head of patient care and experience at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, will outline what health services provide, while Kristina Fleuty, from Forces in Mind Trust, will present research from the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research.
Councillor Alan Gardiner, Hull City Council’s Armed Forces and veterans lead, said: “Good mental health is so important for everyone and veterans may need specific support to ensure they have good mental health. We want to make sure that services are providing adequate health care for the needs of veterans and their families.”
There are more than 231,000 veterans in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The regional conference has been organised in partnership with Hull City Council, East Riding Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Doncaster Borough Council, working in partnership to support the Armed Forces community.