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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
It 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 email@example.com so that we can investigate this further.Baby blues or something more serious?
Pregnancy and childbirth is a life changing event for both parents. It is common for many women in the first few days after childbirth to experience the ‘baby blues’. You may feel tearful, irritable, find it difficult to sleep and have a lack of appetite.
However, these symptoms should improve after a few days; if they don’t you may be developing postnatal depression (PND).
If you think that you, or someone you know, may have PND, the following organisations can offer treatment and support.
- NHS Choices
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Action Postpartum Psychosis (APP) offers a peer support network and information on postpartum psychosis, call 0203 332 9900
- The Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI) call 0207 386 0868
- Pandas Foundation or call the helpline on 0843 2898 401
- Mothers for Mothers or call 0117 975 6006
- The Big White Wall
- Home - Start
- Fathers Reaching Out
MMHA has started a new campaign, Everyone’s Business, and they are asking that women in the UK who are experiencing perinatal mental health illness receive the care they and their families need.
For more information about this, visit www.everyonesbusiness.org.uk
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
A pilot online service, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) allows carers to easily access resources to improve your understanding of mental health difficulties and gain some of the skills needed to care for your loved one, which is particularly important for those making the transition from military to civilian life.
Do you want to get involved?
For more information, contact Karen Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The service is easily accessible from around the country as sessions generally take place over the phone.
The team also welcomes calls from those who are worried about a loved one they think may benefit from this service.
For more information, contact the team on 01980 844 300 or email email@example.com
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
The website is permanently monitored by trained counsellors who provide help and support; complete anonymity is at the core of their service.
For specialised online help and support for issues including:
- alcohol related problems
- divorce & relationship problems
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Army Welfare Workers are trained to support, advise and encourage personnel to manage their problems more effectively. The AWS team can assist with a range of issues including relationship problems, substance abuse, mental health concerns, problems arising from deployment and disability.
To contact AWS Intake and Assessment Teams (IAT) for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Catterick, Preston, London, Worthy Down, Kent and International call 01904 882053 or 882054 (Mil: 99477 3053 or 3054). For all other areas contact the local AWS teams through the military directory of enquiries on: 02072 189000 or email AWS-HQ-IAT@mod.uk.
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.
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 email@example.com