Combat Stress receives £250,000 grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
The grant will help Combat Stress deliver The Together Programme, designed for the partners of veterans with PTSD.
This dedicated programme provides educational information about trauma-related mental health problems. Plus skills and strategies to help a partner not only support their loved one, but also to take care of themselves and their family.
To find out more the charity spoke to family members’ about living with a veteran with PTSD.
Families shared that they feel isolated and alone with their difficulties and that they felt it was important to connect with other family members.
As part of the programme Combat Stress also offers the veteran’s family or support network an assessment to help them be part of the recovery process and to signpost them to other organisations as needed.
Jeff Harrison, CEO, Combat Stress shared:
Our research has shown that the outcomes for a veteran’s recovery are better when their partner is involved and by supporting the adults, they are better placed to support the children in the family.
Engaging veterans, families and supporters is essential if we are to understand their needs. We are very grateful to ABF The Soldier’s Charity for this funding which will help us deliver one of our three family programmes and will enable us to complete further research to develop these services even further.
And Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith who is Chief Operating Officer ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:
Mental health and fitness is a priority area for our charity. We are always proud to fund Combat Stress each year, the nation’s leaders on veterans mental health issues. Combat Stress does amazing life-changing work helping those who served their country and need expert help with complex psychological injuries sustained in battle and other conditions.