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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, however there is support and advice available.

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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.

For members of the armed forces, the chances of being exposed to traumatic events are greater than those faced by the rest of the population.

While most service leavers have a smooth transition to civilian life, some find it difficult to re-adjust and can become socially isolated.

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

Local Support

Veterans Wellbeing Hub - Loughborough

Delivered by the Loughborough Wellbeing Centre, the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland veterans wellbeing hub (for all residents ager over 18s and their carers) offers a safe a welcoming weekly drop in session where veterans can access advice and support, group activities and refreshments. Help is also available on a one-to-one basis with a range of issues supported through signposting to additional and specific support services.

The drop-in session runs every Friday 10am-1pm at Loughborough Wellbeing Centre.

For more information visit the Loughborough Wellbeing Project website.

Or view/download their flyer below.


The Buddy2Buddy programme provides informal, virtual, drop-in, café style meetings for veterans' run by and for ex-service personnel.

The meetings run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6-7pm and are supported by the NHS. They are hosted on Microsoft Teams and to join you can request a link by calling Brendan on 07920 708 979.

For more information you can view/download the flyer below. Or if you would like business cards to share information about the café within your networks, you can also access them below.

VitaMinds - NHS IAPT (Fast track for serving/ex-service personnel)

VitaMinds provide the free NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service. Anyone aged 16 years and over can make a self-referral to the service either online or via telephone, no need to contact the GP. You can find out more about the service on our page.

Within the service they provide a 'fast track' offer for serving or ex-service personnel. This means the waiting list will be bypassed as long as all other inclusion criteria are met so that support can be accessed quicker.

You can view the service leaflet and flyer below.

National Support