Support for Families & Carers
Our Service aims to be as inclusive as possible, recognising that families and carers are also affected by veterans issues. We understand that not everyone will identify with the word ‘carer’ but may still be affected by knowing or living with someone experiencing mental health difficulties.
If you have particular concerns that you think could be helped by this Service then please call us on our direct number 0300 555 0112 where you can speak to a member of our team. Alternatively you can use the Contact function and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We are in the process of setting up support networks for carers of veterans with a mental health difficulty.
We have included some information below about common mental health problems, available treatments and other organisations who can offer support to veterans and their families.
Information about common mental health conditions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- NHS Choices: (includes a video of someone speaking about their PTSD)
- The US Department of Veterans’ Affairs: (An American site but some really useful information)
Depression / low mood
National websites and organisations
- Big White Wall – Free for veterans and their families, the Big White Wall provides an anonymous online support service 24/7
- Veterans’ Transition Review – The review being led by Lord Ashcroft has now been published.
- Royal British Legion Women’s Section – We know that not all carers of veterans are female, however the RBL Women’s Section offers an opportunity to get involved with the organisation and meet other people in a similar situation
- The Ripple Pond – The Ripple Pond groups are for family members of those who have been affected by their experience of serving in the Armed Forces, however long ago and in whatever conflict or manner. They support families of those affected by physical and/or psychological injury. There are now groups rippling through the United Kingdom and the hope is that family members seeking this particular kind of support will not have to travel too far to find someone and somewhere they can meet and share experiences.
- Rethink Mental Illness – Rethink is an organisation which works to support people affected by mental illness to have a better quality of life. Their website offers a great variety of resources about mental health conditions, support available and advice around practical issues like benefits. They have a specific section of their website for families & carers and also run courses for carers, you can find details of these on the website.
- Combat Stress – The veterans’ mental health charity
Local Government Armed Forces Covenant webpages
- North Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
Swindon & Wiltshire
Wiltshire Home-Start provide in the home family support, to veterans families and service families with young children under 5 years of age.