Healing Hands Network


    

UK Forces Project

    Before having the treatment, I found it difficult to walk because of the pain, I was sceptical at first as to how it would help me. To my amazement afterwards I was pain free, What a wonderful feeling, Thank You.

    I.C. Veteran, HHN Client, Combat Stress

    It's very comforting to have Healing Hands at our group and to see how they bring change, hope and positive energy to our lives in a very practical way. Thank you so much

    JS, Combat Stress London Co-ordinator

    To be a part of the recovery process of these suffering Veterans, who struggel with everyday life, is so humbling and inspirational. To know i have helped makes it all worth while.

    S.S., HHN Therapist

Dedicated to the relief of suffering from the mental, physical and emotional after-effects of war. Treating people overseas and in the UK forces

The hidden horrors of war - treating returning Service and ex-Service personnel in the UK
Post traumatic stress disorder
Figures published by the MoD in May 2011 showed that nearly 4,000 new cases of mental health disorder were diagnosed among armed services personnel in 2010. They also showed that personnel sent to Afghanistan or Iraq were more likely to suffer PTSD, a psychological and physical condition that can be caused by extremely distressing events, including military combat.
Statistics from Combat Stress show that servicemen who served with UN in Bosnia suffer a higher rate of PTSD than others due to what they witnessed and were powerless to intervene.
Living with someone who is suffering PTSD is very challenging and hard and can break familes. It has such a ripple effect.
 
How we are helping
Launched in 2011, our Forces Project aims to provide therapies to returning servicemen and women in the UK who may be suffering from post traumatic stress and the other mental and physical after effects of active service.
We work closely in collaboration with other specialist charities including Combat Stress, Change Step Wales, Royal British Legion and SSAFA. We have volunteers working at Combat Stress drop-in centres around the country.
We visit London, Colchester, Chelmsford, Norwich, Cambridge, Cardiff, Pontypridd and Hereford monthly.
We are working with Stoll Foundation in Fulham, hounslow and Chiswick monthly.
We are working with The Royal British Legion at a Pop In support centre in Birmingham from February 2016.

Fabcamps is a charity run by the army welfare for the bereaved families of servicemen and women. They take the families away on an activity holiday for a week so that they learn its ok to laugh and have some fun, especially the children. They have centres in
(August 12th -19th) Dalguise Perthshire,
(August 12th - 19th) - Liddington Wiltshire
(August 19th -26th) - Caythorpe Park Lincolnshire.
They run for a few weeks over the summer and we have residential therapists there for the week alongside them offering sessions between and after activities. Our therapists love going there as its so rewarding and fun too. Children love our mini sessions before bed.

Stoll Foundation was founded by Sir Oswald Stoll in the 1920s to help the shell shocked veterans by providing housing for them. The head office is in Fulham London and they also have 4 other sites for supported living. The Health and Wellbeing team there have seen our results and we are now working at Hounslow and Chiswick as well as Stoll itself, offering help to those veterans including some Gurkha families living there.

We Need Your Help

We are currently recruiting complementary therapists to join our Combat Stress projects in Colchester, Norfolk, London and Wales as well as in other parts of the country as they come on stream.  Applicants should ideally have experience in treating people with severe trauma, although we can provide some induction and information on PTSD.



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Dedicated to the relief of suffering from the mental, physical and emotional after-effects of war. Treating people overseas and in the UK forces