Walking With The Wounded has a new Clinical Lead! Carolyn Brown has recently joined the team at WWTW’s Head Office in Norfolk. In her role at Walking With The Wounded, Carolyn will provide clinical leadership, advice and clinical governance across all aspects of our mental health programme.
Walking With The Wounded’s mental health programme, Head Start, offers talking therapies from private accredited therapists across the country to support veterans. The programme’s primary aim is to source mental health support near to clients so they don’t need to travel far for appointments or opt for residential treatment, which takes them away from their families and other commitments. The ability to receive support locally within the community is crucial, as it means more individuals can access support and remain engaged throughout their treatment.
The programme’s other aim is to deliver speedy therapy. In the military, it’s unusual to be put on a waiting list for support from a doctor, therefore waiting lists outside of the military often come as a surprise to veterans returning to ‘civvy street’. With barriers such as stigma already delaying veterans seeking support, any additional delays can lead to veterans feeling disgruntled. Quickly providing support prevents individuals’ mental health deteriorating even further, hence why it’s so important that WWTW’s mental health programme maintains its prompt intervention.
Carolyn will lead on offering clinical support, expertise and advice for the mental health programme, deciding on the suitability of referrals into the service; providing a robust clinical governance framework; and liaising with partners to ensure that clients are receiving the most appropriate and effective support.
“Carolyn joined the team in early November and has hit the ground running. She has made an immediate impact, bringing with her many years of experience of working with vulnerable veterans in the mental health arena in order to benefit the charity and our clients,” commented Fergus Williams, WWTW’s Director of Operations.