Support groups for bereaved families

SSAFA offers three support groups, providing events which facilitate peer support, a safe space to grieve and an opportunity for respite.

Being in a group, able to express my feelings and hear others' experiences was like a release.

- Support Group Participant


SSAFA's support groups provide a network of people who have been through a similar tragedy, giving you the opportunity to talk though your emotions with an understanding compassionate group. 

Each support group runs one or two day events throughout the year, where beneficiaries can meet up together and receive peer-to-peer support, facilitated in a safe environment.

Bereaved Support Group

This group is for anyone in the family unit (18+) who has suffered a bereavement of a veteran or Serving Armed Forces Personnel.

Military Families Affected by Suicide

For anyone in the family unit (18+) who have been affected by the loss of a loved one through suicide of a veteran or Serving Armed Forces Personnel.

Families of Wounded Injured and Sick Personnel

The FISP support group is for a spouse/partner/parent or carer (18+) of Armed Forces personnel who have been wounded or suffered an injury, or sickness.

Covid-19 Update: At the moment we are still running online information sessions. Please see below for dates for 2021 and use the contact form below to register your interest or email supportgroups@ssafa.org.uk.

We hope that by summer 2021 we will be able to run face-to-face sessions and aim to update you as soon as possible

 

2021 Dates:

8 May – Online Group for Bereaved Support Group

This session is for all members of our Bereaved Support Group or those who are eligible to be members of the group. This session will give participants an opportunity to talk openly in a safe space with other likeminded people. We will also run smaller sessions in breakout rooms for mothers, fathers, wives etc.

The deadline date to participate in this session is Friday 30 April. To register your interest in participating in this session please complete the webform below or email supportgroups@ssafa.org.uk.

5 June – Online Group for Families of Wounded Injured and Sick Personnel (FISP)

This session is for all members of our FISP group or those who are eligible to be members of the group. This session will give participants an opportunity to talk openly in a safe space. We will also run smaller sessions in breakout rooms for mothers, wives etc.

The deadline date to participate in this session is Friday 28 May. To register your interest in participating in this session please complete the webform below or email supportgroups@ssafa.org.uk.

19 June – A Talk On: ‘Coming Out of Lockdown’

This session is for all members of our three support groups or for those who are eligible to be members of our groups. This session will provide you with tools and techniques to use to keep in-balance as we emerge from lockdown.

The deadline to participate is Friday 11 June. To register your interest in participating in this session please complete the webform below or email supportgroups@ssafa.org.uk.

3 July – Online Group for Military Families Affected by Suicide (MFAS)

This session is for all members of our MFAS group or those who are eligible to be members of the group. This session will give participants an opportunity to talk openly in a safe space with likeminded people. . We will also run smaller sessions in breakout rooms for mothers, fathers, wives etc.

The deadline date to participate in this session is Friday 25 June. To register your interest in participating in this session please complete the webform below or email supportgroups@ssafa.org.uk

 

Please note that 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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