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Support for the RAF family

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Anxiety UK and the RAF Benevolent Fund

Anxiety can be described as a feeling of unease, apprehension or worry. It may be associated with physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, feeling faint and trembling. It can be a normal reaction to stress or worry or it can sometimes be part of a bigger problem. Many people tend to use the term “stress” instead of anxiety however where stress becomes overwhelming insofar as it begins interfering with day-to-day life, it can quickly become an anxiety disorder which, for some, can be very debilitating. It is often the case that anxiety can lead to forms of depression due to the isolation it can cause, and as such many of the population can experience both anxiety and depression at the same time.

At present, anxiety affects 15% of the UK population, with 1 in 10 adults experiencing a disabling anxiety disorder at some point in their life[1]. While 2.6% of the population experience depression and 4.7% have anxiety problems, as many as 9.7% suffer mixed depression and anxiety, making it the most prevalent mental health problem in the population as a whole.[2] Additionally, a recent study found that 1 in 5 veterans were likely to be living with a common mental illness[3] – such as depression, anxiety (which covers many disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or substance misuse –caused or aggravated by their Armed Forces experience. The RAF Benevolent Fund has been supporting the RAF Family for nearly 100 years, providing financial assistance, advice and practical support with a range of issues. Anxiety UK and the RAF Benevolent Fund are now working in partnership to provide much-needed support to veterans and their families for their mental health needs. Anxiety UK can provide a service which allows beneficiaries of the RAF Benevolent Fund quick and practical emotional support for various mental health needs.

Anxiety UK firmly believes choice should be at the heart of its service offering, and as such we can provide different forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling by Anxiety UK Approved Therapists throughout the UK, and can offer these services face-to-face, via phone or via webcam. We also offer a dedicated helpline and email support provision and self-help materials to guide members of the RAF Family through their recovery.

[1] Ehlers, A. ‘Anxiety disorders: Challenging negative thinking.’ Quoted in the Wellcome Trust Reviews, 1997

[2] http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/anxiety-statistics/

[3] http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/a/armed-forces/

About Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is the nation’s leading anxiety disorders charity and provides a range of services to those affected by anxiety. These include a vibrant online community, a national helpline and access to quick, reduced cost therapy, including CBT, counselling and clinical hypnotherapy.

Anxiety UK and the RAF Benevolent Fund recently announced a partnership that will provide additional support to those who are affected by anxiety or depression, whether that be a veteran of the RAF or a loved one.

Anxiety UK are providing beneficiaries of the RAF Benevolent Fund with a variety of services and resources including:

  • A dedicated helpline service to provide emotional support
  • A dedicated email service to provide emotional support
  • Therapy provision for those experiencing anxiety and/or depression*
  • Self-help materials and annual membership to Anxiety UK

To speak to someone about how anxiety or depression may be affecting you or a loved one, please call us on 0844 334 1550, email us on rafsupport@anxietyuk.org.uk or visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk.

*Eligibility criteria apply.

About the RAF Benevolent Fund

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund was formed nearly 100 years ago and is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family, estimated to be over 1.5 million people.

We are here for serving and former members of the RAF, regular and reservists alike, as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us. In 2014, we spent almost £19 million helping nearly 40,000 members of the RAF family with a wide range of issues from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement, including social isolation, mobility and self-care issues.

To find out more about our work visit www.rafbf.org