Dealing with mental health challenges and stress

For service men and women and veterans coping with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or any other psychological problems.

My life is improving every day. What was it that turned it around for me? It was SSAFA.

- Jason, Army Veteran

SSAFA is here to help you feel less alone. With our network of volunteer caseworkers and specialised services, we can provide the individual help you require to safely and happily recover.

SSAFA does not provide medical or counselling services, but we can help you get in contact with those who can. We can also provide direct help with accessibility to services, treatment costs, housing and a friendly shoulder to lean on. Remember that if you’re experiencing mental health problems then in the first instance our volunteers will always signpost you to your GP if you are ex-Forces, and to the Defence Medical Service if you are serving.

SSAFA's services are only available to people who have received at least one day's pay from the Armed Forces (British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, including Reserves), or are in the immediate family of someone who served.

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Need to talk?

Please fill in the form or call us to speak to one of our Forcesline advisors

0800 260 6767

We are open 09:00 - 17:30,
Monday to Friday.

Meet Stuart

Stuart wasn't diagnosed with PTSD until 16 years after leaving the Army.  His increasing bouts of aggression and depression caused a breakdown in his marriage, and he was forced to leave the family home.  In his darkest moments he was inspired to call SSAFA - thanks to a SSAFA teddy bear his son had pressed into his hands as he left.  The subsequent phone call and caseworker support helped Stuart turn his life around, and he credits SSAFA and his caseworker with saving his life.


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