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Armed Forces Families suffering in silence on Blue Monday

Help for Heroes has released new research which reveals that one in four (23 per cent) partners or family members of an Armed Services Veteran or Service Person state that their own wellbeing and mental health has been directly affected as a result of their family member’s situation. Many are suffering in silence with 16 per cent saying they would try to cope with any issues alone, with only 5 per cent saying they would seek help from a mental health professional.

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Fundraiser follows in the footsteps of his prisoner of war Grandfather to raise money for Combat Stress

A fundraiser from Stoke-on-Trent will be following in the footsteps of his grandfather, by cycling the 760 mile route the prisoner of war took during the Second World War. On 21 February 2018 Martin Palmer and his father Stephen Palmer will start their journey from Poland to Germany to raise funds for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

“My Grandfather didn’t really speak about World War II, I knew he was a prisoner of war, but it wasn’t until I started researching that I found out what he went through.

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Deptherapy shortlisted for prestigious Military Award

Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education is honoured to announce that the charity has been shortlisted as a Finalist for the 2018 Soldiering On Awards.

Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education is shortlisted in the Healthcare & Rehabilitation category. Sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group, this Award will be given ‘in recognition of a person or team who have made a major contribution in the treatment of ill health or injury, or provided exceptional skill and commitment to healthcare treatment, recovery and rehabilitation of serving and former members of the Armed Forces Community.’

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LifeWorks and LifeWorks Families Course Dates 2018

Dates for RBLI’s intensive veteran employment programme LifeWorks have been released for 2018. Of the veterans who have attended LifeWorks courses, 83% find sustained employment within a year, 80% of those individuals suffer with either a physical or mental disability or health condition.

The LifeWorks Families schedule has also been updated. LWF is a support service which aims to help veteran’s spouses and partners into sustained employment.

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NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service

As plans progress to launch the new Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS) across England on 1 April 2018, NHS England has appointed the following providers:

-Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England)
-Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (covering South East of England and London)
-Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (covering the North of England).
The provider(s) for the Midlands and East of England will be announced over the next few weeks.

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Deptherapy is pleased to announce a new Patron

Major General Paul Nanson CBE, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has accepted an invitation from Deptherapy’s President Air Vice Marshal Jon Lamonte to join the Deptherapy team as a Patron. General Nanson is a scuba diver and kindly attended the Deptherapy Awards ceremony in October where with Air Vice Marshal Paul Colley he presented the awards.

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RAF Benevolent Fund expands support service to personnel and their partners experiencing anxiety or depression

New services to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of RAF personnel are being launched this year by the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The RAF’s leading welfare charity is expanding its partnership with Anxiety UK to cover serving RAF men and women as well as those who have left the service. This includes both regulars and reservists, as well as their partners.

Those struggling with anxiety or depression will have access to an Anxiety UK helpline for emotional support, self-help material and subsidised membership.

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Aged Veterans Project is picking up momentum

The Aged Veterans Project has recently been introduced in Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire. It is aimed at veterans aged 65 and over, their family members, dependents or carers to provide professional support that is tailored to their individual needs. The ex-Service community in the two councils has already greatly benefitted from the additional service available.

The project has been funded by the Aged Veterans fund and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of aged veterans, develop skills, reduce social isolation and enable independent living. The service is delivered by a consortium of organisations including Herefordshire Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Alzheimer’s Society, Herefordshire Veterans Support Group, The Cart Shed and the leader of the project the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS).

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Deptherapy and Divecrew Grant Scuba Diver’s Last Wish this Christmas

A team from scuba diving rehabilitation charity, Deptherapy, and PADI 5* dive centre Divecrew, have made a scuba diver’s wish for one, last dive come true this Christmas.

Colin Clements, 60, from Woodley, Berkshire, is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer that will take his life in the near future. Knowing he would be unable to dive again, Colin donated his diving equipment to Deptherapy so that other divers could be helped by his loss.

When contacting Colin to offer his thanks for this brave and selfless gesture, Richard Cullen, Deptherapy Chairman, was made aware that Colin had a dying wish to undertake one, last dive.

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Big Lottery Fund awards Alabaré Homes For Veterans grant

Our Homes For Veterans service in Wales is set to be boosted by a grant we have we have received from the Big Lottery Fund. It will increase the support veterans receive within accommodation centres across Wales and work in partnership with other support agencies to provide a wrap-around service.

The sum of £497,758 will be given over the course of three years in order to fund two part time roles as well as eight full time positions to help provide support for veterans in Wales. The allocation of this grant is essential in allowing Alabaré to continue to help the lives of those who have served in the British Armed Forces but since fallen on hard times.

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