Issues with drug or alcohol misuse, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bereavement, domestic violence, and family matters are difficulties that many in the Armed Forces community face. By finding support groups that offer experienced advice and comradeship for people coping with problems, veterans and their families can receive the help they need.
Depending on what you are seeking support for, your GP may be able to recommend nearby groups. The NHS Choices website also covers a range of support services and groups, including groups that help with stress, depression and alcohol and drug misuse.
Where can I find support groups?
Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. The charity's network of community teams across the UK can help you find support through social contact and drop-ins. These groups, many run by veterans, offer comradeship and companionship for those who need it. To find groups in your area, contact Combat Stress at:
Please be aware as of Monday 27 January 2020 Combat Stress will not be taking new referrals in England and Wales. Referrals will continue as usual in Northern Ireland, and in Scotland.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes works with veterans and service personnel to provide a wide range of advice and practical support. The charity's beneficiary support networks offer advice and companionship for service personnel and veterans who have suffered a career-ending or life-limiting injury during or directly attributable to service, and their loved ones. Speak to Help for Heroes at:
SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity
SSAFA runs support groups for members of the Armed Forces community. They focus on challenges around military life and the pressures on families and dependents. Speak to SSAFA at:
Telephone: 0800 731 4880