The Merchant Navy Fund has awarded Combat Stress with £25,000! This means veteran Merchant Navy Seafarers and Fishermen will be provided with a range of mental health services addressing the needs of each individual. These services include;
• A 24 hour confidential help and advice helpline for veterans, former seafarers, serving personnel and families. The helpline can be contacted via phone, text or email.
• A community mental health service which has 14 community teams who provide treatment and support across the country. Each team consists of a community psychiatric nurse, an occupational therapist, a peer support worker and some teams include a substance misuse practitioner. These teams offer both individual and group sessions at venues around the country or over the phone.
• Specialist treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey provide a six-week PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme and an Anger Management Programme. These programmes have both group and individual therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education, occupational therapy and art therapy.
If you’re a Merchant Navy/Fishermen veteran and interested in any of the above services or want to find out more about Combat Stress see; https://www.combatstress.org.uk/help-you
For more about the Merchant Navy Fund, which is a collaborative initiative between Seafarers UK and the MNWB, that provides grants to organisations who support Merchant Navy seafarers and their dependents see; https://www.merchantnavyfund.org/about-the-fund/