Health and Wellbeing

Ask for Help

There's always someone to talk to

Mental health can seem complex, knowing where to turn for information can be daunting.

The information below is for a variety of military and civilian services that can offer help, advice or signpost you to the most appropriate source of help.

Speak to your mates, friends or family, talk to your boss or padre, chat to your unit welfare staff, medical officer or GP.

Confidential Support Services

Combat Stress 24-Hour Military Mental Health Helpline

Free, confidential helpline available to all serving military personnel and to families and friends that may have concerns.
Website: combatstress.org.uk
E-mail: helpline@combatstress.org.uk
Tel: 0800 323 4444 open 24/7
Text: 07537 404 719

Samaritans

Provides a safe place to talk about anything that's bothering you, 24/7.
Website: samaritans.org
E-mail: Jo@samaritans.org
Tel: 116 123

SSAFA Forcesline

Free confidential helpline and e-mail service providing support independent of the military chain of command.
Website: ssafa.org.uk/help-you/forcesline
Tel: 0800 731 4880 open 9:00 - 17:30 Monday - Friday

Big White Wall

A safe anonymous 24/7 online community where you can talk to people, who feel like you, whilst guided by trained professionals.
Website: bigwhitewall.com
E-mail: theteam@bigwhitewall.com

Army Welfare Service

Personal Support Staff provide accessible, independent, confidential and professional specialist welfare services to soldiers and their families with any personal or family difficulty.
Tel: 01904 882053 open Mon-Thurs 08:30-16:30, Fri 08:30-16:00

Speak Out

Confidential bullying, harassment and discrimination helpline.
Tel: (Civ) 0306 7704656 (Mil) 96770 4656 

Addictions

Gamblers Anonymous

A support group of men and women, sharing experiences and providing a safe place to discuss issues relating to gambling.
Website: gamblersanonymous.org.uk

FRANK

Provides friendly, confidential drugs advice.
Website (inc. web chat): talktofrank.com
Tel: 0300 123 6600 open 24/7

Alcoholics Anonymous

A support group of men and women who share their experiences and strength with each other to help others to recover from alcoholism.
Website: alcoholics-anonymous.org
E-mail: help@aamail.org
Tel: 0800 9177 650

Eating Disorders

Seed Eating

Disorder support service that provides advice and planning to beat eating disorders.
Website: seedeatingdisorders.org.uk
E-mail: hello@seedeatingdisorders.org.uk
Tel:01482 718130

Debt and Financial Management

MoneyForce

Provides information and resources on Budgeting, Debt, Savings, Planning and Financial Protection specifically for UK Service Personnel and their families.
Website: moneyforce.org.uk

National Debtline

Free and confidential debt advice service.
Website (inc. web chat): nationaldebtline.org/
Tel: 0808 808 4000 open 9:00 - 20:00 Monday - Friday and9:30 - 13:00 on Saturday

Domestic Violence

Men’s Advice Line

Advice, support and information for men experiencing domestic violence
and abuse.
Website: mensadviceline.org.uk
E-mail: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Tel: 0808 801 0327


Women’s Aid

Advice, support and information on domestic abuse and violence.
Website: womensaid.org.uk
E-mail: helpline@womensaid.org.uk
Tel: 0808 2000 247 open 24/7

Victim Support

Victim Support

Free and confidential support to help you move past the impact of crime.
Website: victimsupport.org.uk
Tel: 0808 1689 111 (free) open 24/7

Sexual Assault

SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres)

Provides services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to report the offence
to the police or not.
Website: thesurvivorstrust.org
E-mail: info@thesurvivorstrust.org
Tel: 01788 550554

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offers advice and support when someone dies.
Website: cruse.org.uk
E-mail: info@cruse.org.uk
Tel: 0808 808 1677 open 9.30 -17.00 Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when open until 20:00.

Relationships

Relate

Can help you make the most of couple and family relationships, past, present or future. Provides help even if you’re not currently in a relationship.
Website: relate.org.uk
E-mail: Relate.Enquiries@relate.org.uk
Tel: 0300 100 1234

Perinatal

PANDAS Foundation (pre/post natal depression)

Help, support and advice to any parent experiencing a perinatal
mental illness.
Website: pandasfoundation.org.uk
E-mail: contact@pandasfoundation.org.uk
Tel: 01691 664275 open 9:00 - 20:00 7 days per week.

Emotional Support

 

Calm

Helpline for Men in the UK who are down or who have hit the wall for any reason and need to talk or find information and support.
Website: thecalmzone.net web chat 17:00-Midnight
Tel: 0800 58 58 58 17:00-Midnight, 365 days a year

SHOUT

Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Text: 85258

Sane

Provides expert emotional support and specialist information for you if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health. 
Website (inc. anonymous support forum): sane.org.uk
Tel: 0300 304 7000 open 4:30 - 22:30 7 days per week.

Mood Juice

Provides a range of self-help tools designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.
Website: moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk

Childline

A free, private and confidential service for up to 19 year olds.
Tel: 0800 1111

Samaritans

Provides a safe place to talk about anything that’s
bothering you 24/7.
Website: samaritans.org
E-mail: Jo@samaritans.org
Tel: 116 123 open 24/7

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