ARE you a carer who would like some help and support? Would you like someone to speak to and to learn new caring skills?

The Help for Carers in the Armed Forces Project is collaboration between Healios, Wiltshire Mind, and the Army Families Federation (AFF), funded by the Forces in Mind Trust.

What is it?

This is a new free service to offer support, information, and skills training to family and friends of people in the Armed Forces community supporting people with mental health difficulties. The service is tailored to best suit your situation, needs and goals. Helping you care for your loved one.

The project works alongside carers to provide skills and education to help you:

  • Better understand the illness and how it affects everyday life
  • Find new ways to deal with your particular situation
  • Support the person in their recovery.

Who is the service for?

It’s designed for anyone over 18 from the Armed Forces community. You do not need to be living with your friend/relative to receive support.

You can access the service if the person you are caring for is suffering from:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder

How does it work?

You can have a maximum of 12 individual 40-minute sessions with a clinician. The sessions are delivered over the internet using video link or by telephone. This means carers can get high quality support from where they feel most comfortable. All sessions are private and confidential.

How easy is it to use online?

No software is needed and all sessions take place using a web browser. The service can be easily accessed by logging on to the Healios website.

For more information contact:

Healios: 03303 350603 (local rate) Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm or email info@healios.org

AFF Health Specialist: 07552 861983 or additionalneeds@aff.org.uk

Wiltshire Mind: 01225 706532 or office@wiltshiremind.co.uk

There are a limited number of places for the project which operates a first come, first served basis. Go to www.healios.org/FIMT for more details.

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Charlotte Eadie

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