Help is at hand

If, as an Army family, you’re finding recent events in Afghanistan difficult to deal with, don’t forget that there’s lots of dedicated help and expert advice out there for you.

  • There is a wealth of information on our website and links to organisations who can support you, including the Army Welfare Service and charities such as Togetherall.
  • Veterans and their families in England can access help through Op COURAGE – the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. You can contact the service yourself or ask your GP or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to do this for you.
  • In Wales, veterans can reach out to Veteran Therapists in each local health board. 
  • There are also dedicated resources available through NHS Scotland and the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office.
  • Help for Heroes and Combat Stress provide targeted support.
  • You could check out HeadFIT, which is designed for the Defence community and supported by the MOD. It provides 24/7 access to self-help tools that can enhance mood, drive and confidence.
  • There are also resources for your soldier to access on the Health & Wellbeing Portal on Defnet and My Healthcare Hub on Defence Gateway, and the Veterans’ Gateway helpline is available for round-the-clock advice on 0808 802 1212.

If you’re having difficulty accessing the mental health support you need as an Army family, contact our Health & Additional Needs Specialist healthsupport@aff.org.uk

Or, for any other issues, you can contact your local Regional Lead.

POSTED ON 19 AUGUST 2021

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