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Support for those with memories of Afghanistan

Date Published: 30 August 2021
Armed Forces

The desperate events that have unfolded in Afghanistan in recent weeks have been deeply upsetting for everyone.

This will have brought back particularly painful memories for countless members of the British Armed Forces and veterans who have served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years - re-traumatising some or worsening conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Forces families may also be struggling to cope as a result and it’s important they know that help and support is available. 

Combat Stress operate a 24-hr helpline. You can call the free, confidential Helpline on 0800 138 1619.  

Alternatively, you can text 07537 173683 (standard charges may apply for texts) or email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk 

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or by emailing: jo@samaritans.org

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the Veterans’ Gateway website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Op COURAGE is a dedicated veterans’ mental health and wellbeing service. This includes an Op COURAGE urgent care and support service for the Midlands. Call: 0300 323 0137 or email: mevs.mhm@nhs.net.

Support for Afghan Families

Rutland is part of a regional partnership involving local authorities in neighbouring Leicestershire, all of whom are working together to support the rehoming of Afghan refugees.

The outpouring of support from Rutland residents who want to help or donate items to support Afghan families has been incredible.

Through our coordinated regional partnership, any Afghan families arriving in Rutland will receive targeted support with housing, education and healthcare, as well as food, furniture and other essential items.

The Council is not able to accept direct donations of any kind on behalf of Afghan families. However, there are ways to help and you can find out more by visiting the national GOV.UK website.

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