Family welfare and mental health support

​Mental health problems can affect everyone at some point in their lives. Military life can add to normal life stresses and the transition into civilian life affects not just the serving person but the entire family.

Organisations that offer mental health and welfare support

Veterans Community Network (VCN)

VCN is a peer led service using veterans and reservists who have undergone training in peer mentoring and veteran's mental health first aid.

We provide intensive support to veterans, reservists and family members living in Northamptonshire who need support to access and engage with treatment and support services.

No need for a referral, you can contact us by:


Telephone: 07902 632949

Website: Veterans Community Network website

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion also provides a wide range of welfare support. You can pop in for a chat, telephone their contact centre or use the online live chat service to discuss any problems you may be having.

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT)

NHFT provides a wide range of mental health services through their Changing Minds - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme. The programme can be used by anyone aged 17 and a half and over who may be suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder. You can self-refer or can be referred through your GP.

Services they offer include:

  • peer support
  • wellbeing webinars
  • SilverCloud (online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Find out more about the Changing Minds IAPT Programme.

Northampton and District Mind

Mind is a mental health charity that offers a wide range of support. Each office is run independently and offers a wide variety of support from 121 Counselling to group sessions and activities.

Their Crisis Cafes are run throughout the county in conjunction with NHFT, for those that need out of hours advice and support. See locations and opening times for the drop-in sessions.

The Warrior Programme

Residential courses for veterans, veterans' families and families of serving members to help build confidence, improve self-esteem and manage emotions. After the 3-day residential you are given 12 months of distance support.


These courses are free. For more information, visit The Warrior Programme or phone 0808 801 0898.

Big White Wall

Offering online and anonymous peer support that is accessible anytime, anywhere. You can engage with self-help programmes, use it as a creative outlet and connect with others, all while remaining safe and secure.

Combat Stress

Support for veterans and serving military personnel and their families. They offer support online or through their free 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1619.