The pandemic is having a lasting impact on the lives of veterans and their families. We remain absolutely committed to our wounded and their families. We will continue fighting for, and changing the lives of, those we support for as long as they need it.
Since the start of the outbreak, we’ve seen a big increase in calls from those who are lonely, anxious or worried about the future.
We experienced a surge in demand for our services during lockdown with a 33% increase in those coming forward for mental health support compared to last year and a 30% increase in referrals to our veterans’ clinical services.
Our team are working tirelessly to keep our wounded, and their loved ones, feeling safe and connected during these difficult times - delivering mental health support over the phone, virtual health coaching and virtual meet ups to help those feeling alone or struggling with a lack of routine.
Last year we helped more than 4,000* wounded veterans and their loved ones regain their strength and purpose, through our Hidden Wounds service, clinical support, grants and Recovery College teams alone, with many more engaging through sport, activities and our Fellowship peer networks.
If you or a loved one need support, get in touch with our team today. Whatever you’re facing, we can help you find the strength you need to overcome it.
We are #StrongerTogether
(*We supported 4,414 men and women during the financial year 2019/2020).
The pandemic is having a lasting impact on the lives of veterans and their families. Read some of the stories of those we have been supporting through this difficult time.
Throughout lockdown, regular video calls with our Hidden Wounds team helped former Marine Sean Ivey cope with the heightened impact of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I feel more prepared now for bouts of low mood and negativity,” he says. “Without support from Help for Heroes during lockdown, I would not have got through it in the way I have.”Read more
For some of our most seriously injured veterans, the lockdown has meant overcoming complex challenges. But thanks to you, we’ve been able to help them continue to get the support they need in these uncertain times.Read more
Former Army Private Simon Nicholson suffers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Before the lockdown, he was learning to manage his symptoms. But as the lockdown took hold, his mental health took a downward turn.Read more
Former Royal Signals Sergeant Andy Perrin suffered a knee injury after too much stress on the joints through operational tours and exercise and went on to develop Crohn’s disease and depression, putting him out of active service.Read more
“I already found sleeping difficult. Lockdown made it worse,” says RAF veteran Stephanie Shaw. “My home and work-life blended together and there was no escape.” Our online sleep course helped Stephanie tackle the underlying anxieties affecting her sleep. “The pandemic has been awful for those suffering with poor mental health. Thank goodness for Help for Heroes.”Read more
Mark Hepworth, 42, served in the Kings Royal Hussars for 23 years before being medically discharged in 2017 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).Read more
Veteran Andy Shuttleworth explains how our newly adapted online offering has been a “godsend” both to him and others, especially during this second lockdown.Read more
STORIES OF STRENGTH
These stories are told by our wounded veterans and the loved ones who support them. They are stories too of the men and women at Help for Heroes who help our wounded find the strength they need to live the lives they deserve.
Our team are working tirelessly to keep our wounded, and their loved ones, feeling safe and connected via our remote services. Find out more about them and the work they do by reading their stories below.
STRONGER TOGETHER VIDEOS
It’s understandable that many of us feel anxious at the moment, which is why our team has pulled together some tips on little things you can do at home to look after your mental health during this time.