Find mental health support

Help is available

Across a year roughly one in four people will suffer or struggle with some form of mental health problem. We appreciate it can be daunting, not knowing where to turn, so below you will find a list of websites of organisations that can offer help and support with your mental health or that of a loved one.

Service Families Federations

Army Families Federation - they work hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle.

Naval Families Federation - they give you a chance to air your views, feel valued and be treated with fairness and respect so you can thrive in your community.

RAF Families Federation - they work to improve the quality of life for the RAF family around the world – at work or at home.

Service and non-service charities and organisations

Big White Wall - they support the armed forces, veterans and the wider military community with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Combat Stress - they provide specialist treatment and support for veterans, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.

HeadFIT - they provide the tools and advice for the management of mental health for defence people.

H4H Hidden Wounds - they provide psychological wellbeing advice and support.

Mind - a well established mental health charity who provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

NHS Armed Forces Healthcare - they offer help to anyone in the British armed forces, a veteran or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served.

Samaritans - they work with the Ministry of Defence and other charities to support serving personnel in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) - they help relieve suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.

The Ripple Pond - they provide confidential peer support to Armed Forces families, alongside a community where you can feel a sense of belonging and connection.

Support for young people and children

Childline - they offer private and confidential support for children suffering with mental health challenges such as loneliness and depression.

Forces Children’s Trust - they help children in need whose parent or guardian has died or has sustained life-changing injuries whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

Home-Start - they offer help for families with young children through their challenging times - such as deployment or rebasing. 

Little Troopers - they provide support to service children who face unique challenges such as repeated separation and frequent moves due to service requirements.

Scotty's Little Soldiers - they are dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.

The Mix - they offer a support community for young people to help with issues ranging from mental health to money.

Young Minds - they offer specific support for mental health issues experienced by children and young people.

LGBTQ+ support

Army LGBT+ Network - through a variety of different support avenues, they offer support for any lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldier and LGBT people thinking of joining the Army.

MindOut - they work hard and offer support to LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.

MOD LGBT+ Network - they are a Civilian Employee Network representing all sexual orientation and gender identities within the Ministry of Defence.

RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network - they work to ensure that the RAF LGBT community are supported, valued and empowered to benefit the individual and the RAF as they operate across the globe.

Royal Navy Compass - they support for the LGBT+ community and are committed to creating a culture free from harassment, intimidation and unlawful discrimination.

Stonewall - they are there for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, wherever you are in the world, to ensure nobody is alone and to help support those who can’t yet be themselves.

Switchboard - they provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Trans Unite - they are a great network for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community and help connect you to an established network of trans support groups near you.

Support for new mothers with Peri and Post-Natal Depression

Association for Post-Natal Illness - they offer and support to anyone suffering from or affected by Post Natal Illness.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance - they work hard to ensure all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and postnatally.

Mothers for Mothers - they offer peer support to mothers experiencing isolation, anxiety, depression or distress during pregnancy until the youngest child of the family starts school.