Mental Health


Isolation, separation and mobility can all impact on Service families’ mental health and emotional wellbeing, so AFF is working in partnership with various organisations to promote awareness of these issues. We are also asking for some specific research to be done around families’ mental health and wellbeing with a particular focus on children’s mental health and the support available.

If you or a member of your family is experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing issues, or if you are not receiving the support that you feel you need, please contact Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk 

On this page:

Post Natal Depression (PND)
Support for carers in the Armed Forces community
Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds
The Big White Wall (BWW)
Families of Injured Service Personnel (FISP)
The Ripple Pond
Army Welfare Service
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Are you feeling Anxious, Stressed or Depressed and living in Surrey?

 

Post Natal Depression (PND)

AFF in ActionIt is estimated that more than 1 in 10 women suffer from a mental health illness during the perinatal period (during pregnancy and one year after birth).

AFF has received a number of enquiries from women suffering from PND who do not feel they are receiving the required support from the chain of command or from NHS services.

Sound familiar? Contact Karen Ross at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk so that we can investigate this further. 

Baby blues or something more serious?

Don’t feel frightened or guilty about having PND

Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA)

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Support for carers in the Armed Forces community

Caring for a loved one with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder can be incredibly difficult. This may lead to you feeling isolated, helpless and struggling to know how best to get and provide support. Read more

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Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds

H4H Hidden Wounds is a free and confidential service designed to help equip you and your loved ones with the tools to manage and overcome the everyday challenges of living with anxiety, depression and stress. Read more

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The Big White Wall (BWW)

BWW is an online service offering safe, free, anonymous, early intervention psychological support for veterans, serving personnel and their families with 24 hour access to professional councillors. Read more

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Families of Injured Service Personnel (FISP)

FISP is a tri-Service support group provides an opportunity for families to share experiences, information and advice with other families whose relatives have become wounded, injured or sick while serving in the Armed Forces. 

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The Ripple Pond

The Ripple Pond Is 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. For more information email: theripplepond@gmail.com.

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Army Welfare Service

The AWS Personal Support teams are both trained military and civilian Army Welfare Workers and Casualty Key Workers. Their role is to help and support married or single Service personnel and their families by providing a confidential, non-discriminatory, professional and specialised welfare service.

The AWS team can assist with a range of issues such as problems with relationships, substance abuse and mental health concerns, as well as assisting with problems arising from deployment and disability. Read more

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

SSAFA in a collaborative partnership with MHFA England CIC, Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion are delivering this specially designed project providing MHFA training to the Armed Forces Community. 

It provides the basis for increased mental health resilience amongst veterans and the families of both veterans and serving personnel throughout the UK.

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Are you feeling Anxious, Stressed or Depressed and living in Surrey?

If you are aged 18 or over and registered with a GP in:

  • Surrey Heath
  • Surrey Downs
  • North West Surrey
  • East Surrey
  • Guildford & Waverley 

You can now access a free psychology online service. In some areas of Surrey you can self-refer or you can be referred by your GP.

For more information call: 01954 230 066 or email info@psychologyonline.co.uk 

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