The Samaritans – Provide confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, please visit http://www.befrienders.org/ to find your nearest helpline.
Tel: UK – 116 123
Tel: Rol – 116 123
Victim Support – An independent charity that helps people cope with the effects of crime. This charity provides free, confidential support and information to help people deal with their experience.
Combat Stress – An ex-Service society, which offers short stay remedial treatment for those suffering from psychological disability as a result of their service.
Mind – Offer a useful guide to managing stress.
NHS Direct – A stress expert provides information and advice on dealing with stress.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists – Provide information on mental health issues and legislation.
Addictions can take many forms; someone can become physiologically dependent on substances such as alcohol and drugs, or psychologically addicted to activities such as gambling, shopping or an eating disorder. Addictions can start for many reasons and sometimes this reason is never known. If you, or someone in your family, have an addiction, there are organisations that can provide counsel:
Alcoholics Anonymous – For those seeking support in coping with their own alcohol dependency or that of someone close to them.
Alcohol Concern – The national agency on alcohol misuse. This website provides information and encourages debate on the wide range of public policy issues affected by alcohol; including public health, housing, families, crime and licensing. It supports specialist and non-specialist service providers helping to tackle alcohol problems at a local level, whilst also working to influence national alcohol policy.
Beating Addictions – A very comprehensive site explaining the subject of addiction, with expert advice and guidance.
FRANK – A comprehensive website on the subject of drugs. which has a free 24 hour helpline: 0800 776600.
Forcesline: A confidential support line run by SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
Forcesline is here to support members of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans. It is a free and confidential helpline, totally independent from the Chain of Command and accessible from anywhere in the world including operational theatres.
Callers can be of any rank and from any Service. The issues dealt with range from simple queries to more complex emotional concerns, worries or problems. The telephone helpline is complemented by a secure email service. Click here for further information.
BLESMA – A national charity for limbless ex-Service personnel and those who have suffered other disabilities during service.
Military Wives Choirs The Military Wives Choirs Foundation brings women in the military community closer together through singing. The Foundation provides guidance, funding and support to the volunteer committees running their own choirs. It also brings local choirs together to sing nationally. The Military Wives Choirs Foundation was created following the enormous success of the No.1 single Wherever You Are, which raised over half a million pounds for SSAFA and The Royal British Legion. Click here for further details and to find your local choir.