Help for Heroes Psychological Wellbeing for Veterans and families
In the same way you need to keep physically fit, it’s important to maintain a healthy mind. All of the courses run by Help for Heroes are designed with this in mind, and we also offer a number of specialist services to improve your psychological wellbeing.
Many of us can struggle with anger, anxiety, depression and stress throughout our lives. However when it feels overwhelming and it’s not addressed, it could not only affect your own life but the lives of your loved ones too.
How can I get mental health support?
We have a trained team of Psychological Wellbeing Advisors on site at all of our Recovery Centres, offering support to residents and day visitors.
Psychological Wellbeing Advisors (PWAs) form part of the Psychological Wellbeing Team. They provide advice, help and guidance to veterans and their support networks. PWAs also design and deliver courses for veterans, families and staff and support other Help for Heroes teams in facilitating their activities/events. Whilst not providing treatment directly all PWAs are qualified and experienced counsellors who will aid veterans in accessing the best available professional help, with a commitment to continuing to work with them to get the best possible outcomes from this.
We also have a psychological wellbeing service called Hidden Wounds, which aims to give Veterans and Armed Forces families tools and skills to cope with anxiety, anger and depression. The service can be accessed either face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype.
What about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
If you need more specialist treatment than Help for Heroes can provide, we will help you to access appropriate help and regularly follow-up to make sure you’re getting the support you need.
We also work closely with, and in some cases fund, complex mental health services provided by organisations such as Combat Stress and the NHS. We can also provide careers, health and wellbeing, grants, welfare and fellowship support to help those living with PTSD.
Do you run Psychological Wellbeing courses?
We deliver a variety of specialist courses, programmes and activities to help improve and increase understanding of psychological wellbeing. Courses in the past have included couples’ retreats, psychoeducational and family workshops.
To find out more, visit our online Recovery Programme.
Collaboration with other organisations
Help for Heroes is proud to be a member of Contact, a collaboration of state, charitable and support organisations working to improve mental health support to the Armed Forces community.
Contact is one of the partner organisations of Heads Together, a mental health campaign lead by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to reduce stigma around mental health.
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