Head Start

Head Start provides 1-2-1 private therapy for ex-service personnel with mild to moderately severe mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and adjustment disorder. Therapy is provided via face-to-face and digital sessions. Evidence-based talking therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) are delivered by accredited private therapists within the ex-service personnel’s local community.  

The NHS is central to ex-service personnel receiving support for their mental health and Head Start are referral partners with the NHS specific veteran teams, therefore these teams should be contacted in the first instance. Click here to view a list of NHS teams that specifically support ex-service personnel. However, where the NHS has been accessed and treatment is unavailable or there are long waiting times, Head Start can offer its private therapy support. All referrals to Head Start are to be received from healthcare professionals, including those in other military charities and MoD department of community mental health (DCMH) teams, and NHS teams.

Click here to download the Head Start leaflet.

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

For any further information, please call a member of the Head Start team* on 01263 863906 or email headstart@wwtw.org.uk(*Our working hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with Head Start

Walking With The Wounded’s core values of Respect and Integrity drive our efforts to seek to promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion both within our organisation and in our community.

We understand the importance of building a diverse workforce to bring different experiences to our table helping us become more creative, challenge our thinking, and widen our reach. We aspire for people of all backgrounds to see Walking With The Wounded as an organisation where they feel welcome.

Our commitment to this vision will ensure veterans and their families are supported by accessible and inclusive programmes, and our external partnerships are with like-minded organisations.

What we are doing within Head Start:

-        talking to our clients and colleagues to understand how we can better support all clients

-        reviewing our data and outcomes annually to ensure that those outcomes are equitable across different demographics

-        working with organisations like Fighting With Pride to reach out to service users who may not otherwise seek support

-        ensuring we have a diverse network of therapists

Meet some of our therapists: 


Ben (MBACP Accred, MBPsS). Ben is a Psychotherapist, Consultant, Coach & Trainer. Ben has been supporting our clients for a number of years.

Nobhelu is one of our Click Therapists, who deliver online treatment. She has been working with us since 2021.

Sabah is also a Click Therapist, working with us since 2021. 

Working in partnership

We are proud to be a partner of Contact - a collaboration of leading military charities, the NHS and the MoD, who work closely together in order to ensure that the best possible mental health support is available to those who have served in the British Armed Forces. For more information, please visit the Contact website.

As a member of Contact, we comply with the following principles: Guiding Principles for the delivery of Veterans’ and Service Families’ Mental Health Cares.

We are grateful to the Veterans' Foundation for providing funding via the Contact Group that will allow us to provide mental health treatment to 32 veterans over the coming months.

WWTW is delighted to be part of the Veterans Places, Pathways and People Programme, funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. In the East of England, WWTW will be one of a number of organisations, led by The Bridge For Heroes Charity, that are working collaboratively to assist vulnerable veterans in their time of need. WWTW will provide Head Start Family and Carer Support to those who are supporting a veteran partner, husband or wife with their mental health. For more information, click here. 

In the Southwest, WWTW will be one of a number of organisations, led by Invictus Games, that are working collaboratively to support work aimed at reducing suicide risks amongst vulnerable veterans, supporting veterans to gain skills and confidence, and mental wellbeing interventions. WWTW will provide Head Start support; Head Start provides 1-2-1 private therapy for veterans with mild to moderately severe mental health difficulties. For more information, click here. 

For emergency support please view our list of appropriate support providers below. You can also download a printable version of this list here

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Walking with the Wounded offers support to veterans looking to get back into employment. We have supported many veterans into employment as can be seen in our case studies. Veterans charities like Help for heroes offer similar services.