SSAFA launches specialist support group

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has announced the launch of a specialist support group for military families coping with the aftermath of suicide. The service for families and friends affected by the suicid...

Drawing and talking together

MORE people will be trained to provide innovative therapy to Service children thanks to a partnership between a mental health specialist and a military charity. The collaboration between Drawing and Talking ...

Mental health concern for Forces families

ONE in four Armed Forces family members believe that their own mental health and wellbeing has been affected as a result of their loved one’s service, according to a new survey from Help for Heroes and YouG...

Mental health on the agenda

AN INNOVATIVE strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, their families, veterans, and defence civilians has been launched.  The Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strat...

SSAFA’s got your back

NEW research published by SSAFA has revealed that fewer than 1 per cent of the personnel currently serving in the UK’s Armed Forces or veterans would seek help from a charity if they found themselves in need. ...

Mental health preconceptions hold veterans back

ONE third of veterans feel perceptions around mental health issues relating to time served in the Armed Forces, such as PTSD, are detrimental to their career progression on civvy street.   According to a new...

‘Mental health training must not be cut’

EXPERTS have urged the government to continue funding mental health training for veterans and serving military personnel, calling it our "moral duty". An event at the House of Lords heard how thousands of se...

Back from the brink

When the stress of a new posting compounded a lack of post operational tour leave, Capt Justin Taylor found his mental health faltering. In this candid piece, the officer relives his darkest days and explains h...

Tall task promotes mental health

A MILITARY team has headed to the world’s tallest mountain to embark on a mission to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The British Army Everest 2015 group travelled to Kathmandu at th...