The Soldiers’ Charity has recently awarded Amicus Trust, who work to help the homeless in the Bedfordshire area and beyond, a grant of £15,000 towards expanding their mental health support to Army veterans.
Amicus has been supporting and signposting beneficiaries in understanding, managing and overcoming mental health issues for the past five years and, with growing support from the likes of The Soldiers’ Charity, have decided to extend the service with the employment of a dedicated Veteran Mental Health Lead.
The Veteran Mental Health Lead will deliver a service that is tailored to meet the needs of each veteran. If appropriate, services can consist of the following:
- A Mental Health Recovery plan – drawn up for sessions designed to overcome issues such as low self-esteem, anger and anxiety management etc.
- Talking therapy when a person-centred approach will be used.
- Each client has a referral, assessments, risk assessment, care plan, recovery star, diary sheets and notes from their sessions.
- Clients will be signposted for support for clinical mental health issues, drug or alcohol dependency and other support groups that are suitable i.e. PTSD, anxiety, reducing isolation etc
- Where appropriate, group sessions in anger management, living within the law, self-esteem, and confidence will be held.
Janet Prince, CEO Amicus Trust, says: “Many homeless veterans that come to Amicus Trust have experienced a lot during their time in service and for a variety of reasons have difficulty adjusting to civilian life. The majority are reluctant to seek out or accept support, especially in the area of the mental health. With thanks to the support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Amicus will be able to provide a dedicated mental health service that will empower veterans to better understand their mental health, engage with support and overcome mental health barriers to independent life.”