On this page we present various resources that may be of use to Veterans, their families or professionals.
Why mindfulness is a superpower A short animation explaining the benefits of mindfulness
Self help leaflets – Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has produced a range of free self-help guides for a range of mental health issues.
You’re not in the Forces now – a presentation by Nic Fothergill to Veterans and their families on how military training affects you mentally, how this sometimes clashes with civvy street, and what to do about it. Nic was Australian Armed Forces in Vietnam. These five videos are each around 15 minutes long.
- “You’re not in the Forces now” – Part 1
- “You’re not in the Forces now” – Part 2
- “You’re not in the Forces now” – Part 3
- “You’re not in the Forces now” – Part 4
- “You’re not in the Forces now” – Part 5
“Why Veterans miss war” Sebastian Junger – Civilians don’t miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the “altered state of mind” that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be “the opposite of war” that soldiers miss?
NHS Healthcare for the Armed Forces – e-learning programme
The Armed Forces community comprises current serving personnel, their families, and military veterans and their families. Whilst many aspects of health need are the same as other members of society, there are sometimes significant differences from other patients and particularly conditions attributable to life in the services and the overall impact of military life upon the family. These differences are sometimes reflected in the way in which healthcare is delivered, the range and types of services and the long-term impact upon the patient and their family.
This e-learning programme is designed to highlight both the similarities and the differences to allow healthcare personnel to understand both the context of military life and also how to appropriately respond to patient need. The programme is broken into three broad areas – the NHS care of current serving personnel, the NHS care of the families of military personnel and veterans, and finally veterans themselves.