THE Christmas festivities are something we look forward to but for some of us it can be a difficult time of year for all sorts of reasons.
However for some people the Christmas period can throw-up issues or anxiety around our mental health or feeling lonely.
For those who have served in our Armed Forces, or who are currently serving it can trigger changes to mental health and wellbeing that could be effected by their time in the military and the unique obligations that come with serving in our Armed Forces.
A number of national, bespoke Armed Forces organisations are on hand 24 hours a day throughout the Christmas and the New Year period for those may be struggling with their mental health, feeling lonely or isolated from loved ones.
The helplines are manned by people who have a good understanding of military life and all that it entails.
A number will offer text or an online chat service if you don’t want to speak directly.
Councillor Rob Adams, Worcestershire’s Armed Forces Covenant Partnership chairman said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our veterans across Worcestershire and their families a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
“While our local military charities and services take a short but well-earned break over the festivities any veteran, currently serving or family member living in Worcestershire who is feeling anxious should not hesitate to reach out for assistance, whatever the issue might be.”
National Helplines for the Armed Forces Community:
- Veterans Gateway
24 hours call: 0808 802 1212
Or download the Veteran Gateway App to your mobile device
- Royal British Legion
Call: 0808 802 8080 – Available 8:00am to 8:00pm 7 days a week
- Op Courage (NHS veteran mental health line)
24 hours call: 0300 323 0137
- Samaritans (military & Armed Forces community support)
24 hours call: 116 123
Or download the Samaritans Veteran App to your mobile device
- Combat Stress
24 hours call: 0800 138 1619
- SSAFA Forcesline
Call: 0800 731 4880 – Available 9:00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Local support is available either side of the festive break from the Armed Forces charities:
STEPWAY will be closing over Christmas from 17th December to 5th January 2022. If you have any worries, need advice or support in the meantime, please call Worcester Office: 01905 745 253, Mobile: 07930657568
- SSAFA Worcestershire
SSAFA Worcestershire will be taking a short break over the Christmas period but their West Midlands Helpline 020 4566 9116 is open all holiday except for 25-28 December, and 3 January.