Support for armed forces
There are lots of organisations that provide support to serving armed forces personnel, their families and veterans:
The Veterans Gateway
The Veterans’ Gateway can help you if you are ex-service and struggling with civvy street. Whether you’re looking for a new home, having financial troubles or struggling with employment, they can connect you directly to the help you’re looking for from organisations that support the ex-service community – wherever and whenever you need it.
For 24-hour support go to www.veteransgateway.org.uk or call 0808 802 1212.
Combat Stress 24 hour mental health helpline
If you're currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call the Combat Stress 24-hour helpline to talk about mental health. If you are a family member or carer worried about a loved one or need to talk to someone yourself, you can use it too.
Open all day, every day offering support and advice. This is a free and confidential service.
We are here for you if you are having a tough time, have trouble sleeping, have flashbacks, feel depressed, get anxious sometimes or just feel that something is not quite right.
Call: 0800 138 1619
Text: 07537 404 719
The Army Families Federation (AFF)
The Army Families Federation is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice on a range of welfare issues including money matters and family life.
The MOD Army
The MOD Army provides help on a range of welfare issues including deployment support for families, legal assistance and a dedicated Forcesline for confidential guidance.
The Naval Famillies Federation
The Naval Families Federation lists organisations and charities that can help with a range of welfare issues, including bereavement and disability needs.
The Royal Navy
The Royal Navy Community provides information to help serving personnel facing bullying, harassment or stress.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association provides information on social, family and financial issues to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families.
Veterans UK provides a range of services including a veterans advice helpline, a welfare service that will provide a dedicated caseworker to assist veterans and their families, and support to war pensioners and war widow(ers).
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families.