Social isolation affects people from all walks of life, but it can be particularly tough for some veterans. Physical injury, poor mental health and memories of distressing events from their time in service, can leave people feeling withdrawn and unable to cope with life. 

82% of veterans we surveyed* said they are lonely. 

Leaving the military can be a shock. Overnight, you lose not only your job, but a support network that is like a family. The civilian world can feel confusing, scary and not very welcoming. Veterans are sometimes too fearful to leave their home or even to open their curtains. Isolation is a huge and dangerous problem which can be devastating for people’s physical and mental health. 

Often veterans who are lonely and isolated are the least likely
Sarah is working on a project to help tackle isolation and loneliness in the veteran community. - Help for Heroes

We’ve received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant to trial a pilot programme in Wales to tackle isolation. This programme is headed up by our Project Manager, Sarah, who is dedicated to helping veterans and their families overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness, by offering them emotional support as well as activities based around shared interests. 

"I think isolation and loneliness is a difficult topic for soldiers because they have to say difficult things, which is like saying, 'I am struggling and I need help." Pete, Veteran

79% of veterans* struggle to make meaningful connections in the community. 

Learn how to spot the signs that someone might be experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness. And find out how you can support them and where to signpost them to for help. 

If you’re a veteran who is struggling, we are here for you. Please reach out by visiting our get help page.  

*We surveyed 810 veterans with long-term health conditions in August and September 2022.