Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

During Mental Health Week 2021 the Rugby community, amongst others has come together to tackle the stigma around mental health with a hope to start the conversation that helps inspire us all to have a better mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone.  It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.  It is an opportunity for our community to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice where it may be needed.

The Royal Navy Family and People Support (RNFPS), Naval Families Federation (NFF) and the Royal Navy Health and Wellbeing Team are offering FREE Headspace licenses to Serving Personnel and their Families.  Headspace is an application that improves Mental Fitness through “Meditation and mindfulness for any mind, any mood, any goal.”    The registration form can be found on the NFF website.

Samaritans:  If you need to talk to someone now, the Samaritans are a fantastic organization who listen, won’t judge or tell you what to do.  The Samaritans work with the Ministry of Defence and other charities to support serving personnel in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.  Anyone can contact them 24/7:             

  • just Call 116 123

Combat Stress: If you are currently serving or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can call the Combat Stress 24- hour Mental Health Helpline where a team of specially trained professionals are available day and night to provide free confidential advice and support.  They are there for you whether you are having a tough time, trouble sleeping, experiencing flashbacks, feeling depressed or anxious or just feeling something that isn’t quite right.  If you’re a family member worried about a the mental health of a loved one or need to talk to someone yourself, you can call the helpline too. 

The Combat Stress Helpline is available 24/7:

  • Veterans and families call: 0800 138 1619
  • Serving personnel and their families can call: 0800 323 444

You can also text on 07537 404719 and email (standard charges may apply for texts please check with your provider).