ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded Combat Stress a grant of £250,000 to help provide occupational therapy within their treatment centres.
Combat Stress offers occupational therapy to all veterans undertaking a residential programme at one of their three treatment centres and over the past year have introduced occupational therapists to their community teams.
Working with an occupational therapist helps veterans to identify what matters to them and encourages them to engage in “occupations” that are meaningful to them, using productive leisure and self-care activities to encourage hope, wellbeing and recovery.
Robert Marsh, Director Income Generation at Combat Stress said: “We are extremely grateful to The Soldiers’ Charity for their support to Combat Stress and veterans with mental health conditions.
“Occupational therapy is an important part of the treatment we offer here at Combat Stress and can help veterans get their lives back on track. In the last five years we have seen a 71% increase in referrals, it’s vital that we raise awareness and funds for the charity to ensure we are able to support every veteran that needs our help. That’s why grants, such as this one from The Soldiers’ Charity, are so important.”
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff ABF The Soldiers’ Charity adds: “The importance of helping with mental health care for our veterans cannot be understated. We recognise the valuable work that Combat Stress undertakes in this area in helping these veterans and are very proud to support it.”