A MENTAL health charity’s South Yorkshire branches have teamed up to expand support to the armed forces community.
Mind said isolation had increased because more forces families were choosing not to live on military bases.
Sheffield Mind vowed in 2018 to offer therapeutic support, and has since been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and launched the Keeping Families in Mind project.
This project provided talking therapies to relatives of serving personnel, as well as hosting support groups and giving an opportunity for family members to meet and chat about military life.
After receiving regular requests for help from elsewhere in South Yorkshire, the Sheffield branch reached out to Rotherham & Barnsley Mind and Doncaster Mind, and a joint pledge was made to support the whole region.
Funding was awarded in April last year, the broader service began in September and calls have tripled since.
Samantha Mulholland, Keeping Families in Mind project co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be able to offer more support.
“In our experience of working with military families, we have found that they are so caring and have a tendency to support others before thinking about themselves.
“We want to let them know that it’s okay to ask for help for themselves and we are here to offer that.
“Military families normally have to reach breaking point before they ask for help and we now have counsellors in each Mind in South Yorkshire and more capacity to support those who have courageously asked for help.”
The project is currently providing talking therapies, arts and crafts, creative writing and a movement and mood group, all to aid mental health and reduce isolation.
Military family members who would like support can email email@example.com or ring the Rotherham base on 01709 919929.