Here you will find a list of websites you might find useful if you are looking for some help with your mental health or that of a loved one.
- Service Families Federations:
- Service and non-service charities and organisations:
Big White Wall – supports the armed forces, veterans and the wider military community with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, stress and PTSD.
Combat Stress – specialist treatment and support for veterans, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.
HeadFIT – tools and advice for the management of good management of mental health for defence people.
H4H Hidden Wounds– provides psychological wellbeing advice and support.
Mind – the mental health charity.
NHS Armed Forces Healthcare – details about how the NHS can help and the partnership between the NHS and the MoD.
Samaritans – a range of services to help support serving personnel in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
SSAFA – ready to help all service men and women, veterans and their families with any mental or emotional health concerns.
The Ripple Pond – a network of local, peer-led, self-help support groups for the family members of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, reservists and veterans.
- Support for young people and children:
Childline – support for children on all issues, including mental health challenges such as loneliness and depression.
Forces Children’s Trust – helps children in need whose father or mother has died or has sustained life-changing injuries whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.
Home-Start – helps armed forces families with young children particularly at times of heightened anxieties, including key transition points of rebasing and deployment.
Little Troopers – provides support to service children who face unique challenges such as repeated separation and frequent moves due to service requirements.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers – dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.
The Mix – a support service and online community for young people to help with issues ranging from mental health to money.
Young Minds – specific support for mental health issues experienced by children and young people.
- Support for new mothers with Peri and Post-Natal Depression:
- Specific help during lockdown:
Combat Stress has produced a helpful online guide for self-help and resources to offer support during the Covid-19 crisis:Impact Of COVID-19 On Our Mental Health
- Further research and information:
Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-22This article features as part of Mind Kind – a week-long series of interviews, videos, case studies, and practical tips and information on mental health and forces families, across BFBS platforms.
The week will culminate in an interactive panel session on BFBS Radio Facebook on Friday, July 3 at 1pm (UK time) to bring together families, mental health experts and welfare champions to help support forces families with the mental health challenges they face.
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