Contact is a group of military charities and other entities working with the NHS and the MOD to simplify the way the military community can find support with their mental health and wellbeing. The group meets every few months to identify ways that they can contribute to the military mental health sector, through collaborative working.
Contact has recently relaunched its website, making online help seeking easier for those in need. The website has been designed to create a space where those who are struggling can quickly access, easily navigate, and simply find the support they need. Through this simplified process Contact hopes to have more members of the Armed Forces community come forward and seek out the help they need.
The partners involved in Contact include Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded, Big White Wall, The Royal British Legion, Cobseo, King’s College London, the Ministry of Defence, NHS England, Veterans NHS Wales, Veterans First Point and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Contact is also one of eight charity partners of Heads Together, led by Prince Harry and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The campaign aims to change the national conversation on mental health.
Karl Hinnett, who founded Team Endeavour Running Club said: “Contact is there to bring together this range of military organisations to help focus and streamline care and what’s available.”
Prince Harry adds: “The collection of service charities known as Contact is a working group that is seeking for better pathways for care. Everything is coming together, people are working together for a fantastic cause and that’s the key to success, is charities coming together, sharing experiences and agreeing that not one solution will fit all. Everybody is unique, everybody has a different cure for their illness but it all starts with a conversation.”
For more information, visit www.contactarmedforces.co.uk.