2 Veterans Commit Suicide Every Week. Charities like Bridge for Heroes take this very seriously. They know that if one of those 2 people happen to be a family member, then these numbers mean a lot. The pressures of life in the army and the difficulties veterans face dealing with life outside of the close-knit community provided by the army, will have a major impact on anyone’s mental health.
What is Bridge for Heroes?
Bridge for Heroes uses Reminiscence sessions amongst other forms of therapy to help spark conversation and memories between British veterans. The idea behind these sessions is to encourage veterans to open up about previous experiences. Bridge for Heroes knows that talking about traumatic experiences that effect present-day circumstances can help ex-forces personnel to move beyond the painful and stressful experiences that influence their day-to-day life.
The veterans' charity also fights homelessness, provides welfare support and run many one-to-one support sessions for veterans.
Bridge for Heroes gives veterans hope within their own local community. Their centre in Kings Lynn. Bridge for Heres support an average of 54 veterans a month, have held 156 workshops, provided over 1,000 lunches, poured 6,500 cups of tea and coffee, and held 16,054 support sessions. Their work is practical and gives UK veterans a real lifeline when they need it most.
How can I help veterans in need?
Veterans Foundation has given over 120 charities like Bridge for Heroes over £2million. We couldn’t offer veterans’ the help we do without our amazing supporters who donate or play the Veterans’ Lottery.