Armed forces

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 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

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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.

They also offer support to partners and families of veterans.

Walking with the Wounded 

Walking With The Wounded ‘WWTW’ is a leading military charity which recognises that those who served, deserve. Whether mentally socially or physically wounded, they deserve the care and support. We get those who’ve served - and their families - back on their feet.


PTSD UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of PTSD – it’s causes, symptoms & the treatments available – no matter the trauma that caused it. PTSD  is a natural human response to a trauma – and anyone can suffer from it. PTSD UK is here to give information, to give support, to help shape UK healthcare policy to better treat those in need, and to give anyone suffering from the condition the belief that ‘Tomorrow CAN be a new day‘.

Trauma Research UK

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We are a national registered trauma research charity dedicated to making a difference.  Offering support and recovery programmes to those suffering from trauma and anxiety-related disorders such as phobias, panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, GAD etc.  We know you may be suffering right now, but please consider this - “It's not what's wrong with you, it's what happened to you”.

NHS Inform


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

Information & Advice: 0300 666 0136 

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 Emergency Contact Numbers

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 

RAF Widows

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.