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You may have served for several years in the military and still be classed as a young adult if under 24 years old. You may be struggling to settle into civilian life again; depression, anxiety, a sense of loss, homelessness, joblessness, alcoholism, drug dependency are some of the problems experienced by a small number of ex-military personnel.  Despite your experience in the military there is no shame in seeking support if you need it.  You may be living alone, with a young family, or have returned home to parents; all of whom maybe struggling to help you.  Either way, you can self-help by reading more in the links below.

This information from the Mental Health Foundation relates directly to the armed forces and the most common mental health illnesses and emotional problems experienced by ex-military personnel. 

The Combat Stress charity offers support to military personnel or veterans who are suffering with depression, phobias, anxiety and Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their experiences in the Armed Forces.  Their HELPLINE is 0800 138 1619. Email:

British Legion If you've served in the Forces for at least seven days, or are the dependant of someone who has served, The Royal British Legion's services are available to help you with things like returning to civilian life, claiming benefits, coping with injury, illness, or bereavement.
Tel: 08457 725 725

There is a British Legion Club in Melton Mowbray where you can meet other veterans and their families and enjoy the support of a social circle in your area.  Contact the branch on 01664 480057.  For club direction visit MAP

Help For Heroes - This link takes you to the Help For Heroes charity’s official page.  Here is an alphabetical list of all the charities aimed at helping ex-servicemen, (and families and widows) from all sections of the armed forces.

Veterans-UK - Served in the Armed Forces & need help or advice? Follow this link to find help in relation to employment, homelessness, welfare, health, legal and financial, and more. Free helpline: 0800 169 2277

Skillforce - Are you an ex-serviceman interested in mentoring, or a young person struggling to achieve in the education system? Skill Force is an educational charity working with 14-19 year old young people in partnership with schools. Their new curriculum "Community, Character and Contribution" builds community leaders that are ready to enter adult life. CONTACT: Midlands: Shaun Staniforth - 07788 765412

Melton Mowbray Sobriety are a local alcoholics anonymous( AA) ‘open’ group meeting at The Samworth Centre on Tuesdays at 7.45pm. Rm 1, The Samworth Centre, 8 Burton St, MELTON MOWBRAY.  The details of this group are found on the AA website where more information about alcoholism can be found.  If you are 18 years or over  this group may be able to help.

Addaction The UK's leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity based in Lincolnshire. This service is free and confidential.  The website offers a massive amount of information for adult users and family and friends trying to support someone with an addiction.

The Samaritans will listen if you want to talk about how you are feeling. At any time of day or night call either the local Leicestershire Samaritans on 0116 270 007 or call the National Number: 08457 90 90 90.  If you have no credit or land line, you can TEXT: 07725 90 90 90 and ask them to call you.  Email the Samaritans for online correspondence:

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