The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Armed Forces Community project is designed to provide the basis for increased mental health resilience amongst veterans and the families of both veterans and serving personnel throughout the UK. SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) is delivering the project in a collaborative partnership between themselves, MHFA England CIC, Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion.
Speaking at the National Veterans’ Mental Health Network conference, held in partnership with Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “Members of our Armed Forces make the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country and they deserve the highest quality healthcare and support. We know that making the transition from a tour of duty back into civilian life can be difficult for some people. We are determined to ensure that care is there for those who are struggling. Training veterans and their families to spot the signs that someone is suffering from mental health problems is a vital first step in them getting the help they need and talking openly about their experiences.“
Peter Poole, Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at Combat Stress said: “Mental Health First Aid Training for the Armed Forces community is another fantastic and practical tool for helping veteran’s access specialist care and support for their mental health needs. On average, Veterans contact Combat Stress 13 years after they leave the Armed Forces, Mental Health First Aid Training will create opportunities for help to reach veterans sooner. Getting Veterans the help that they need and deserve, as soon as possible, can keep families together and save lives.“
You can register your interest by using our ‘contact us‘ page. This will then send an email to the instructor running the course who will then get in touch to confirm your place.