"We have been through the mill. It put a great stress on
us but Peter is a lot better now."
We know that if you live with, or care about, someone with
Service-related mental health problems, everyone in the home
Many Veterans' problems can stay hidden for years, and they
and their families may try to deal with matters at home. In the
meantime, relationships do suffer. Partners often tell us that
it feels like they are walking on eggshells and tend to be in the
front line for reactions. And children can find it difficult to
cope with the situation too.
Often it is the partner who acts as a buffer between the Veteran
and the world. Circumstances can lead to social isolation as
friends fall away.
You are not alone. Although we specialise in
supporting Veterans, we might be able to help you too.
Our 24-hour Helpline is for anyone affected by Service-related
mental health problems, including family
members. Please don't suffer in silence - talk to the
Helpline on 0800 138 1619, text 07537 404 719 (standard
charges may apply for texts) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have Carer Support Groups in: Ayr, Belfast, Bury,
Carlisle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle,
Shropshire, Surrey and Wallasey.
The groups are open to partners or carers of Veterans who are
receiving help from Combat Stress. Veterans do not attend the
groups as it is important for carers to have a space for themselves
The Groups aim to:
For more information, please use the contact form here to get in touch
with your local welfare support team.
Children are affected by mental ill-health in many different
ways. Niamh is 15 and has written two books about her
experiences of living with a parent with PTSD. Sales of the books
will help Combat Stress - find out more here...