Health and Wellbeing
Holistic Programme for Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing in Sefton and Merseyside
Offering a unique holistic service, Veterans in Sefton CIO provides advice and guidance on various aspects of veterans’ health and wellbeing. Serving individuals throughout Sefton and Merseyside, we have developed a drop-in service for current and former military personnel and their families. Backed by many years’ experience, we do our utmost to get you back on your feet. Get in touch today to find out more.
Pressures on Veterans
Statistics can only partly measure the price paid by British servicemen and women. Incidences of broken marriages, suicides, alcoholism, deep depression, and homelessness among veterans remain largely unquantified.
Psychologists refer to a cycle of despair that characterises the struggle of many who leave the military. As social and financial pressures build on individuals, they often look for a fresh start but find themselves with nothing to their name – the transition into civilian life is complex, especially in the following six areas:
- Family Life
- Employment and Finances
Appreciating the impact of these stresses on individuals, Veterans in Sefton CIO specialises in easing these difficult transitional phases with comprehensive advice and support from experienced staff and volunteers.
About Our Holistic Manager
Our Holistic Manager, Yvonne Cameron, is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Her further qualifications include:
- Diploma in Counselling
- Diploma in Casework Supervision
- Certificate in Education
- Certificate in CBT Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation
- 200-Hours Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
- Yoga Nidra Facilitator
Yvonne’s role is to develop and deliver a Holistic Care Programme for ex-armed service personnel and their families, thus helping them to adapt, integrate, and sustain their social inclusion within the community. She also recruits, trains, and supports the Holistic Care Team in a variety of roles across the organisation, maintaining a safe and supportive environment for good mental and physical health.
Health and Wellbeing Testimonials
"I felt supported from the first meeting. It was much easier explaining my issues to fellow veterans. Not having to explain myself and what I was feeling took away an immense amount of pressure. It has made a huge difference to my family life I now feel like I have a purpose, something has been that been lacking in life lately.”
“Since my first meeting my finances have been sorted out, they have helped me build up the confidence to approach my GP and tell him about my issues, he has referred me onto a mental health specialist to get a diagnosis. I have been referred onto an IAPT and Warrior course and I am now in the process of being trained up to be a volunteer mentor with the project”
“VIS has allowed me to share openly my situation without feeling judged or criticised. It gave me some tools I could use to address my anger and a trusted environment to share my progress and challenges. It gave me accountability for this which made me feel more powerful rather than powerless. It has raised my self-esteem and helped me to take ownership of stuff, rather than a victim ‘stuck in the spiral’.
“Watching dad change over the past few months has been brilliant The difference at home is amazing.”
John (16-Year-Old Son of Veteran)
“Dave and Veterans in Sefton have been so supportive and helpful and still continue to help me when needed. This can take the form of a simple phone call, email or sometimes a visit from Dave. The man and organisation have been a true life-saver to me.”
“On the first meeting, they realised I had other issues it was very easy to open up to them without feeling judged or patronised because we were all ex-Forces.”