Conference to focus on support for local veterans


The mental wellbeing of Armed Forces veterans in the Barnsley area will be the focus of a conference being held on Wednesday 28 January.

Organised by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust the conference will see health and social care professionals from organisations across the area come together to discuss how they can work together to support local veterans.

Throughout the day speakers will present on a range of topics including post-traumatic stress disorder and the transition from armed forces to civilian life.

Local veterans will also attend the event to share their experiences and talk about the support they would like to see in the area.

The day will culminate with workshops and a question and answer session where guests will share their feedback on the day.

Janette Hawkins, acting lead nurse in specialist services at the Trust said, “It’s great to see everyone coming together and working towards a common goal – providing the best possible mental health care for our veterans.

“This event will shape the future of mental health support for veterans in the area and it is essential that we involve them at the earliest possible stage so that we can find out what local demands are and how we can best meet them.”

The conference will be chaired by Caroline Williams, consultant psychotherapist at the Trust who picked up the development champion of the year at the recent Yorkshire and the Humber NHS Leadership Recognition Awards.

Find out more about the conference by contacting Janette Hawkins on 01226 434768.

Armed Forces support pack

A support pack for the Armed Forces community and their families has been created, which includes useful contact details for organisations which offer help and advice.

Conference to focus on support for local veterans

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