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Lessons from the battlefield


The self-care resources have been co-produced with our veterans and their loved ones. The challenges faced by those leaving the military due to illness or injury are often complex, and we believe that those who have already embarked on a recovery journey often have the best insight into what will help others.


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NHS Resilience - Body

Body in Action - Lessons from the Battlefield

Our bodies react to stress in different ways. Stress in itself is the body's reaction to what it perceives to be a harmful situation, and much of what happens in our minds in response to it is unconscious.

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Emotion in Action - Lessons from the Battlefield

Emotion in Action - Lessons from the Battlefield

This emotional wellbeing toolkit has helped many of our veterans to successfully handle stress and adapt to change and difficult times.

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NHS Resilience - Mind

Lessons from the Battlefield - Mind in Action

Try some of these tips to help calm an overactive or anxious mind.

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Support for Loved Ones - Lessons from the Battlefield

Support for Loved Ones - Lessons from the Battlefield

Here we offer tips and tools to support loved ones living through the same challenges.

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Supporting the NHS

During the nation’s first lockdown we highlighted the need to make sure long-term support is in place for the nation’s health workers fighting Coronavirus, because we understand some of what they are up against. We feel this is more important now than ever with Coronavirus continuing to severely impact on the lives of us all and in particular, the healthcare workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontline.

Help for Heroes has supported more than 26,500 ex-service personnel and families, many of whom have faced similar situations to those our NHS staff are facing around the country right now: challenging environments; working outside of normal areas of work; working with protective equipment; and putting themselves at risk. Many have also been taken away from family, friends and colleagues for extended and uncertain periods of time. We know that any traumatic event – be it a global crisis like Covid-19 or experience of war – can take an emotional toll and cause traumatic stress. Repeated exposure, such as that being experienced by our healthcare workers today and shared by our veterans in previous conflicts, can overwhelm your nervous system and lead to burnout and trauma fatigue.

Given these similarities, we want to help and contribute our expertise to a package of support for NHS staff and healthcare workers.   More than 5,000 UK Armed Forces personnel are currently deployed to support the response to Coronavirus across the UK and we want to build on that sense of togetherness we share with our nation’s healthcare workers.

We have updated our resources available on our website to support health workers around the UK  and their loved ones who are dealing with traumatic experiences and suffering stress-related disorders, compassion fatigue and burnout as a result. With the pandemic continuing to engulf our hospitals and healthcare system, we recognise our healthcare workers are being driven to breaking point of physical exhaustion and mental frustration.

We hope this is a useful resource for our NHS heroes, and for anyone else who may be feeling a sense of trauma fatigue, stress or anxiety during these difficult times.