Armed Forces - Health and Wellbeing
Current service update: offering video and telephone support, and face-to-face when required.
We can help people in the armed forces community access health and social care services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).
Our Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help to assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing and employment.
The armed forces community includes:
- active army, navy and air force personnel
- family members
- bereaved family members.
You can contact the team directly, or access the service through your GP or other health/social care professional.
We will offer an initial meeting with you and/or your loved one to establish the kind of help you require. If you have specific health needs (including mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder or addiction), we can also arrange a meeting with a specialist clinician and put you in touch with local support groups.
We have been formally named a Veteran Aware Trust. The accreditation, from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VC HA), acknowledges our commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, active members of the armed forces and their families. Read more.
A new platform called 'HeadFIT for Life' has been launched with online tools to help defence personnel to take a more proactive approach to their mental health and mental fitness.
What is HeadFIT and who is it for?
- HeadFIT has been developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation's Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence and King's College London
- HeadFIT is a new online platform, which will provide the military with 24/7 access to self-help tools to help them manage the stresses of everyday life
- The platform includes tools such as breathing exercises, body posture and relaxation techniques that have been designed for all defence personnel, whether they are new recruits, long-serving personnel, veterans, civilian staff or those in uniform. The techniques are designed so they can be easily integrated into their everyday lives.