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Keep on Track

Keep on Track is The Tank Museum’s wellbeing event in support of World Mental Health Day.

The event is programmed to provide information of day-to-day techniques and useful contacts for individuals to help build their own mental resilience and for supporting those around them.

Held on the 7th of October 2021, with workshops and lectures during the day and in the evening. Daytime lectures will be tailored towards military personnel, veterans and other emergency services staff, but all are welcome to both. Tickets will be released soon.

Information and Support Resources

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Tank Museum and Dorset Armed Forces Covenant Programme have made the difficult decision to postpone the Museum’s wellbeing event Keep on Track until October 2021.

However, in light of the current situation, we are aware that for some individuals, the support required to help maintain good mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic is heightened and we have therefore included some useful links of where to gain more information and support during this unpredictable time.

We hope you find this information useful and indeed look forward to welcoming you back to The Tank Museum for the next Keep On Track event in 2021.

Resources

UK Government

The UK Government have published information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the corona virus outbreak. Find out more here.

 

Ministry of Defence – HeadFIT for life

What is HeadFIT and who is it for?

  • HeadFIT has been developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence and King’s College London.
  • HeadFIT is a new online platform, which will provide the military with 24/7 access to self-help tools to help them manage the stresses of everyday life.
  • The platform includes tools such as breathing exercises, body posture and relaxation techniques that have been designed for all defence personnel, whether they are new recruits, long-serving personnel, veterans, civilian staff or those in uniform. The techniques are designed so they can be easily integrated into their everyday lives.

Find out more here.

 

Public Health England

Public Health England have updated their Every Mind Matters campaign. Find out more here.

 

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust – Armed Forces Community Health and Welfare Team

We can help people in the Armed Forces Community access health and social care services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

Our Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help to assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing and employment. Find out more here.

The Armed Forces Community includes:

  • Active Army, Navy and Air Force personnel
  • Veterans
  • Reservists
  • Family members
  • Bereaved family members.

Additionally, our clinical staff who are veterans themselves can provide treatment for complex PTSD and other mental health issues

General Mental Health Advice

Dealing with addiction

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes help wounded veterans and their families to recover and get on with their lives. They have collated a series of tools to help veterans and their families through the days and weeks ahead following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Find out more here.

 

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

SSAFA exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the armed forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity. In light of COVID-19, they have adapted their services to work remotely. This included Forceline, their free confidential helpline and providing contacts for your local branch to organise virtual meetings.

Find out more here.

 

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community.

We’re here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We’ve been here since 1921 and we’ll be here as long as they need us.

We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Find out more here.

 

Models for Heroes

Models for Heroes works nationwide, promoting and creating spaces where model making can be as therapy for mental health. Visit their website to take part in online model sessions and figure painting shows whilst in lockdown.

Find out more here.

 

One World Mindfulness – Captain Pat Burgess MBE

Member of the Defence Mindfulness Steering Group and a founder of Fitness Integrated Resilience Skills Training (FIRST). Patrick runs mindfulness classes for both the military and civilians and is currently offering free online workshops through his YouTube channel.

See his YouTube channel here.

Find out more here.

Heads Together

Heads Together is The Royal Foundation’s national mental health initiative lead by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Visit their website to view a selection of resources to help manage your wellbeing during this challenging time

Find out more here

 

Dorset Mental Health Forum

The Dorset Mental Health Forum is a local peer led charity that exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery. Visit their website for recommended wellbeing resources.

Find out more here

 

LiveWell Dorset

LiveWell Dorset’s Five Ways Challenge has lots of tips and support for looking after your mental health and getting your Five Ways to Wellbeing at this time

Find out more here

 

Dorset Mind

A pioneering local charity that has been supporting local people with mental health challenges since 1946. We educate, challenge mental health stigma and inequality, and promote recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience. Our support groups, counselling and accredited befriending service help people regain social skills. We also deliver educational wellbeing programmes for schools and workplaces and provide volunteer opportunities across all areas of our organisation.

Find out more here

 

The You Trust – You First Domestic Violence

The YOU Trust is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight, and West Sussex since 1985. We work across a wide range of specialist areas from Learning Disabilities to Mental Health and Stalking, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Services and everything we do is about ensuring the people we support can have the life they want.

Find out more here

 

Al-Anon – Family & Friends of Alcoholics

Al-Anon is a service for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Their helpline remains open and they are still hosting local meetings (virtually) during this time. Visit their website for more details or call their free confidential helpline on 0800 0086 811.

Find out more here

 

Citizens Advice

Free, independent and confidential advice and information whatever your question. We offer a full range of advice including help with:

  • Benefits entitlement and claims
  • Debt management and budgeting
  • Employment advice including Statutory Sick Pay and rights when laid off work
  • Advice for the self employed

Dorset CAB

BCP CAB