Armed Forces helplines
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 – the Armed Forces Charity
Forcesline: 0800 260 6767
Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline, online chat and email service, outside the chain of command, that provides support for serving (regulars and reserves), ex-Forces and for their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.
Help for Heroes
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.
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.
This guide will help you to find ways to understand, manage or overcome your post-traumatic stress.
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.
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
Helpline: 0300 102 1919
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need us. We are committed to getting them through the toughest times, whatever life may send their way. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, we’ll consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.
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.