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The Ripple Pond February Bulletin highlights some nationwide organisations that can provide family support and advice for UK Armed Forces families caring for injured partners, sons or daughters. Surf Action, Debt Help UKInclusion Matters, Sapper Support, Unload are just some that have courses or help available. Dare to Live, has been recently shown on BBC 2’s Horizon programme. Dare to Live specialises in treating veterans with trauma’s such as PTSD.

READ FULL COPY HERE: February 2018 Bulletin – Family Support

Below are a few organisations that have come onto our radar this month.

Sapper Support – Initially designed to help sappers, Sapper Support are now a multi-service charity. “We now have a facility to help with early diagnosis, pay for that all important initial assessment. Once diagnosed, treatment can begin.

However, we are not solely limited to helping those with PTSD. There are other forms of mental health issues which we can help with by giving emotional, physical, financial support and signposting to other agencies.

Our volunteers are not doctors, counsellors or health professionals. They are sappers who speak the lingo of the British squaddie, have served in all  the theatres of war from Iraq’s Desert Storm to modern day Afghanistan.”
Find out more via Sapper Support website.

Unload – Based in Nottinghamshire and East Midlands they provide support for moral injury, depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, specialising in the armed forces family. They also offer residential weekends, outreach and one to one support. To find out more click HERE

Inclusion Matters (The Wirral) – Inclusion Matters tries to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of ex-service personnel and their families. They offer a range of psychological therapies, including those focused on Military injuries. Their main page, (linked at the start of this section) highlights what’s on offer on the Wirral but for the direct link to the Veterans page click here.

Helios, (Surrey) Healios is a digital support therapy with the requirement being that you are an armed forces family caring for someone with emotional issues and living/having a GP in the Surrey area. Using a laptop, smartphone or tablet you can access your sessions at a time and place that works best for you. The course requires 1 hour a week whenever and wherever it suits the carer (between 08.30 -20.30 hrs) for up to 12 weeks, but it doesn’t always take that long.
Find out how it works for you.

Debt Help – Debt Help UK is ideally situated to assist in the “prevention or relief of poverty of the Armed Forces….helping both Serving/Former Members of HM Armed Forces and their Families.” It’s a free service run by a mix of serving and former personnel who can confidentially advise on a variety of financial concerns.

Dare to Live

This charity uses equine facilitation to address some of the challenges former service personnel struggle with in transition, such as depression, anger, anxiety, stress and post-traumatic stress. They also support family members coming to terms with the challenges they face. Dare to Live considers self-referred clients and they also collaborate with agencies working with young people from the ages of 16 – 25 coping with transition. It’s about building self-confidence and coming to terms with change. Find out more about their programmes and what they do

Surf Action – Their 2018 Armed Forces Community Family Surfing Courses start on 31st March. Each of the 6 courses lasts 8 weeks, to grab a spot please email; info@surfaction.co.uk or find our more about Surf Action and what they do for Veterans and Forces families.