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Bereavement, trauma and grief

Going through a trauma, whether it's losing somebody, living through a tragedy or receiving some devastating news affects individuals in different ways. There is no correct way to deal with your feelings and emotions, but there is help and support available.

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Losing somebody can be a very emotional and devastating time, whatever the circumstances are. It's important to allow yourself to grieve and remember that whilst there is no right way to deal with the loss, there is help and support available.


Trauma is an emotional response that results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening.

Trauma occurs when there is lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.

It's important to understand that everybody responds to trauma differently. What may be traumatic to you may have little or no impact on another person.

If you are suffering with trauma, you should give yourself time to recover and talk about the event as part of this. You can talk to somebody you know and trust or seek professional help.

Military and armed forces

Serving in the military can be highly rewarding, but it is extremely challenging and can put a strain on your mental health and wellbeing both during and following your service.

Evidence suggests that people who are currently serving in the military are twice as likely to suffer from common mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, which can lead to feelings of suicide.

If you, or somebody you know is currently serving in the Armed Forces, there is help available.