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Help for families and partners
Below is a list of organisations who may be able to offer support and advice to families and partners of those serving, or who have served, in the armed forces and who are concerned about PTSD and combat stress.

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COMBAT STRESS

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Who are they?

Combat Stress - The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society - supports British ex-Servicemen and women who have been profoundly traumatised by harrowing experiences during Service life.. The Society was founded in 1919 to provide remedial treatment, care and employment for veterans returning from First World War suffering from "shell-shock" and today continues to provide remedial treatment and care, as well as community-based welfare support to help our clients return to normal living.

How can they help?

Combat Stress runs a partners' support group called 'Just For Us'. This is a forum for support and information sharing for the partners of patients, aiming to increase insight and coping strategies, make friends and create a life-line. The Society is hoping to expand this group as soon as funds allow.

Contact

Telephone: 01372 841600
Email: contactus@combatstress.org.uk

NGVFA (National Gulf Veterans and Families Association)

Website:

Who are they?

The NGVFA is a national charity providing help and advice on service- related ill health. It is the leading support organisation for Servicemen and Women of Gulf War OP Granby 1991 and The Iraq War OP Telic. NGVFA are independent of the MOD.

How can they help?

PTSD places a tremendous strain on family and partners above if treatment is not sought, and at worst can result in the breakdown of the family unit and the marriage itself. The NGVFA provides counselling and understanding of the PTSD related problems, including counselling for children with fully qualified councillors.

Contact

Office: (01482) 808730
24 Hr Helpline: (01482) 833812
Email: ngvfa@aol.com

The Army Families Federation (AFF)
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Who are they?

The AFF was founded in 1982, and has since grown into a world wide charity. It is not a department of the MOD, but works as a liaising body between the MOD and army families by communicating their concerns to the chain of command and policymakers.

How can they help?

The AFF operates through a network of Co-ordinators and Unit Representatives to ascertain and represent the views and concerns of Army families to policy makers. AFF's Central and Branch Offices worldwide receive calls from Army spouses on a variety of issues, such as marriage breakdown, posting problems, health concerns, or requests for information on housing, health or employment. AFF lobby and work along side the Army to enable a satisfactory change or answer to a problem for families, within the constraints of operational effectiveness and the wider constraints of government departments. The AFF run the Army Families Journal which publishes monthly.

Contact

Telephone
AFF GB: 01980 615830
AFF Cyprus: 25 96 2110
AFF Germany: 05221 9953180
AFF Northern Ireland: 028 9226 6875
Email: us@aff.org.uk

TY GWYN

Who are they?

Ty Gwyn is a treatment centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder based in Llandudno - Wales, which helps ex-Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Ty Gwyn is part of the PHC Group - a national nursing and residential care company and takes referrals from health authorities, GPs and hospital consultants across the UK.

How can they help?

Ty Gwyn runs a partner support group which connects partners of PTSD sufferers to a small network which provides support and a space to explore their own concerns and issues.

Contact

Helpline: 01492 544 081
Post: 21 Bryn-y-Bia Road
Llandudno
Conwy
LL30 3AS

SAFFA

Website:

Who are they?

SSAFA is the Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen and Families Association - a national charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, including widows and widowers in need. Eligibility for help is one day's paid service in any of HM forces and National Service, and those who completed a period of satisfactory service in the Reserves.

How can they help?

The partners and families of those in need are eligible for help from SSAFA Forces as well as those that may be suffering. SSAFA can listen and advise, provide practical assistance or highlight the route to the most appropriate specialist support. SSAFA Forces Help works to assist in the way that individuals need, so the help given depends on the needs of the family member or partner.

Contact

From the UK (Main Line): 0800 731 4880
From Germany: 0800 1827 395
From Cyprus: 800 91065
From the Falkand Islands # 6111
From anywhere in the world (Call-back) +44 (0)1980 630854
Email - Confidential email accesible via the SAFFA Website

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
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Who are they?

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependants and families. Anyone who has served in the forces for 7 days or more is eligible for help, as well as TA's Reservists and men and women who served with the Mercantile Marine afloat in hostile waters.

How can they help?

The Royal British Legion offer an extensive range of welfare and advice services for serving and ex-Service individuals and their dependents. RBL can provide pensions and compensation advice, can signpost towards appropriate assessment/treatment for PTSD, provide business advice and loans, welfare breaks, careers advice, disability assistance and provision for immediate needs in times of hardship through their Immediate Needs Scheme. Regional case-workers provide a link between the ex-Service community in need and the Legion's welfare services.

Contact

Telephone: 08457 725 725

Post:
Freepost SW1345
48 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JY


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