ANXIETY, stress and trauma can land hard on Forces families who suddenly find themselves in the uncertain territory of being a carer. But The Ripple Pond is there to support anyone impacted by a loved one’s physical and/or emotional injuries.
The charity was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded Servicemen, Julia Molony and Sue Hawkins. “We recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members,” said Julia. “And we found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.
“Forces families often do not recognise the underlying stress they cope with. Helping a loved one with an injury is unique and personal. The Ripple Pond sets out to support the silent party of trauma in the military, the family members who live alongside it who are trying to make sense of it.”
The charity offers support through group meetings, ‘buddies’ and a secret forum page. If you’re caring for a loved one with a military attributed injury you can find out more at theripplepond.org