Please use these helplines to find more information and advice on charities offering support to the armed forces and their families
The Royal British Legion
Legion Line: 0808 802 8080
The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. We help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today.
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help)
Forcesline Helpline: 0800 731 4880 - Forcesline is completely independent of the military chain of command and our service is totally confidential
SSAFA Forces Help has been serving the Armed Forces and their families for well over a 100 years and their work is as vital today as it has ever been. Continually evolving support services are driven by the current needs of the Service community. They are particularly relevant in today's high pressure military environment. SSAFA’s services reflect the financial, practical and emotional issues people face today and they are freely available to virtually everybody with a Service connection.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. If you have suffered a life-changing injury or illness whilst in service, or you care for someone who has, we are here for you. Find out how we can provide swift financial assistance and a long term support network while sharing incredible offers we receive from the hugely supportive public. Our whole focus is supporting you and your family on your road to recovery. We ask our supporters to “do their bit” to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us.
Helpline: 0800 138 1619
Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health. We look after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to their Service career. This might be depression, anxiety, a phobia or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our services are free of charge to the Veteran. Also offer support to partners and families of veterans.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Web Site for ex-Service men and women who think they are suffering from PTSD.
Moodjuice – PTSD
This guide will help you to find ways to understand, manage or overcome your post-traumatic stress.
The Ripple Pond
Telephone: 07586 576889 or 07825 296712 or 01252 913021
Self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans. We empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via a private Facebook page. Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them. Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist or a veteran, we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.
BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association)
Tel: 020 8590 1124
BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association) is the national charity for limbless serving and ex service men and women and their dependants and widows. It is the charity that directly supports all our service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs or eyes or the sight of an eye in the service of our country and we are with them all whenever we are needed for the rest of their lives. Our work starts with rehabilitation - proving that there is life after amputation. Our work is about amputee helping amputee - the fellowship of shared experience. Our work is about life long welfare support, about campaigning for what they deserve and about being there when old injuries come back to haunt. Our youngest Member is 19 and our oldest is 99 - Truly we are BLESMA for Life.
Military Families Support Group
The aim of the web site is to provide emotional and practical support to all those families who have lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces whether it is through the consequences of war and military conflict, illness, suicide or a tragic accident during the course of normal duties wherever and whenever it happens. We are also here to be able to talk to serving soldiers and their families in confidence if they just want someone to talk to, or point them in the right direction for any other help and assistance that they might need.
War Widows’ Association of Great Britain
Tel: 0845 2412 189
The Association works to improve the conditions of war widows, widowers and their dependants and recipients of benefits from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme 2005. It also offers friendship and support to all military widow/ers.
Army Widows Association
A Bereavement Support Group offering comfort, support and friendship to the widows, widowers and dependants of Army personnel who die in service. It tries to address some of the difficulties encountered after the death.
Naval Families Federation (NFF)
Tel: 02392 654374
In the absence of a Bereavement Support Group for Naval Personnel the NFF acts as a point of contact for bereaved families sign posting them to relevant organisations for specific support and advice.
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Support line: 0800 169 2942
We provide a spectrum of care, supporting everyone from children growing up on RAF stations, to those serving today to keep our skies safe, to the veterans who fought for our freedom. There is a A Bereavement Support Group which offers support, comfort, friendship and advice to the newly bereaved whose partner was serving in the Royal Air Force at the time of their death.
Scotties Little Soldiers
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite – however brief - from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
National Gambling Helpline
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)
The UK's largest provider of relationship support.
Unless stated they are 24 hours a day
Child line for under 19
Samaritans 116123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign against living miserable (calm) this is for men only
0800 5858 5pm - midnight they also have web chat available
Papyrus under 35
0800 068 4141 or 07786209697
Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm
Bank holiday /weekends 2pm -10pm
Silver line 080004708090 for over 55's
You can also phone your Gp and request an urgent appointment