Wellbeing after serving in the Armed Forces

Come and find out what challenges veterans, reservists and their families face, how you can help, and why it’s always worth health professionals asking the question ‘Have you served..?’

When: Monday 26 October 2015 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Where: Conference Hall, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to communications@candi.nhs.uk or call 020 3317 7082

In the course of your working lives you will come across ex-serving members of the UK armed forces, reservists or their families. Veterans, in general, tend to do pretty well after service, but there are psychological wounds – the occupational hazards of a risk-facing occupation – and there are unique challenges that impact mental wellbeing.  There is also distinct armed forces language, values and culture, and sub-cultures too.  There is a risk of ex-serving personnel slipping between the gaps, leaving needs unmet. 

There are specialist NHS veterans services and, of course, good armed forces and veterans charities, but for the most part it will be the everyday interactions with non-specialist professionals and clinicians that make veterans feel understood and the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant a reality. 

Come and find out:

1) Who our veteran population includes
2) What you learn when you train and serve
3) What you can experience on deployment
4) What it is like to make the transition to ‘civvy street’
5) What mental health difficulties veterans may face
6) What can make it hard for ex-serving personnel when they need help and how you can help


Dr Nick Hawkes, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Coordinator, The London Veterans’ Service
Neil Davies, UK Army Veteran, Film-maker and Stand-up Comedian
There will also be an opportunity to have a last look at the art exhibition ‘The Way Ahead’, featuring art work of serving and ex-serving men and women, put on by The Art Project in the St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre Gallery for C&I and SLaM with Stoll, The Army Arts Society and Combat Stress and to see a six minute film about the exhibition.

This is open to staff, service users and members of the public.

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