Armed forces helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on charities offering support to the armed forces and their families

The Royal British Legion

Legion Line: 0808 802 8080

The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. We help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today.

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help)

Forcesline Helpline: 0800 731 4880 - Forcesline is completely independent of the military chain of command and our service is totally confidential

SSAFA Forces Help has been serving the Armed Forces and their families for well over a 100 years and their work is as vital today as it has ever been. Continually evolving support services are driven by the current needs of the Service community. They are particularly relevant in today's high pressure military environment. SSAFA’s services reflect the financial, practical and emotional issues people face today and they are freely available to virtually everybody with a Service connection.

Help for Heroes

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Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. If you have suffered a life-changing injury or illness whilst in service, or you care for someone who has, we are here for you. Find out how we can provide swift financial assistance and a long term support network while sharing incredible offers we receive from the hugely supportive public. Our whole focus is supporting you and your family on your road to recovery. We ask our supporters to “do their bit” to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us.

Combat Stress

Helpline: 0800 138 1619

Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health. We look after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to their Service career. This might be depression, anxiety, a phobia or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our services are free of charge to the Veteran. Also offer support to partners and families of veterans.


The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Web Site for ex-Service men and women who think they are suffering from PTSD.

Moodjuice – PTSD

This guide will help you to find ways to understand, manage or overcome your post-traumatic stress.

The Ripple Pond

Telephone: 07586 576889 or 07825 296712 or 01252 913021

Self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans. We empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via a private Facebook page. Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them. Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist or a veteran, we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.

BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association)

Tel: 020 8590 1124

BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association) is the national charity for limbless serving and ex service men and women and their dependants and widows. It is the charity that directly supports all our service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs or eyes or the sight of an eye in the service of our country and we are with them all whenever we are needed for the rest of their lives. Our work starts with rehabilitation - proving that there is life after amputation. Our work is about amputee helping amputee - the fellowship of shared experience. Our work is about life long welfare support, about campaigning for what they deserve and about being there when old injuries come back to haunt. Our youngest Member is 19 and our oldest is 99 - Truly we are BLESMA for Life.

Military Families Support Group

The aim of the web site is to provide emotional and practical support to all those families who have lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces whether it is through the consequences of war and military conflict, illness, suicide or a tragic accident during the course of normal duties wherever and whenever it happens. We are also here to be able to talk to serving soldiers and their families in confidence if they just want someone to talk to, or point them in the right direction for any other help and assistance that they might need.

War Widows’ Association of Great Britain

Tel: 0845 2412 189

The Association works to improve the conditions of war widows, widowers and their dependants and recipients of benefits from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme 2005. It also offers friendship and support to all military widow/ers.

Army Widows Association

A Bereavement Support Group offering comfort, support and friendship to the widows, widowers and dependants of Army personnel who die in service. It tries to address some of the difficulties encountered after the death.

Naval Families Federation (NFF)

Tel: 02392 654374

In the absence of a Bereavement Support Group for Naval Personnel the NFF acts as a point of contact for bereaved families sign posting them to relevant organisations for specific support and advice.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Support line: 0800 169 2942

RAF Widows Association

We provide a spectrum of care, supporting everyone from children growing up on RAF stations, to those serving today to keep our skies safe, to the veterans who fought for our freedom. There is a A Bereavement Support Group which offers support, comfort, friendship and advice to the newly bereaved whose partner was serving in the Royal Air Force at the time of their death.

Scotties Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite – however brief - from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.