What is it?
Our mission is to provide vital wellbeing support to our Ex-Services community, creating a positive change through a combination of 1-2-1 sessions, group work and social activities.
We aim to reduce feelings of isolation and equip veterans with useful coping skills that can be applied in their everyday lives.
Project services are free of charge for veterans and their families.
Up to 12 weekly 1-2-1 sessions provide emotional support in a safe space with our dedicated wellbeing worker. Sessions can take place in-person, online via Zoom, or by phone if preferable.
Fortnightly Veterans’ Social Drop-in
This friendly and informal drop-in service offers an opportunity for veterans and their families to offer mutual support and camaraderie.
The first drop-in will take place on Thursday 18 November, 11.30am-1pm, after which services will take place on the first and third Thursday of every month (11.30am-1pm).
Direct access to our Coping with Life Skills course
Ex-services personnel that have attended our 1-2-1 wellbeing sessions will be able to access the course. This structured course aims to reduce the cycle of negative thinking through psychoeducational group work, in an in-person group setting facilitated by our Wellbeing worker.
Using the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), this course is designed to help attendees better manage the challenges of everyday life. With the help of worksheets and guidance from a trained facilitator at each session, group members can learn new ways of thinking and begin their journey to a healthier and more fulfilled life. Group members are encouraged to connect with and support each other, sharing their experiences whilst learning and exploring coping strategies.
All group members will have a shared common goal (such as how to manage anxiety) and may or may not have armed forces experience. All attendees will have been referred to the group through one of the alternative Mind pathways.
Participants find the mixed group dynamic beneficial, as they can find identification with others, often identifying similar behavioural or thought patterns, regardless of their specific backgrounds. This can be an enlightening experience, as many attendees will have previously felt alone, or believed that no one else could understand. This course helps people from differing backgrounds connect, find identification and develop useful coping strategies.
The course is delivered over six weeks in 90-minute sessions.
Attendees can choose from the modules that may be most relevant/ helpful to them.
Modules: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Depression, Managing Anxiety, Managing Anger, or Stress Management.
Who can access the Ex-Services Project?
We primarily work with Ex-Service personnel in Haringey but will consider veterans from across London.
Spouses/dependents are also welcome, as they may feel the impact of their family members experiences vicariously.
We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from professional organisations.