Stress Awareness Month: Helping veterans overcome stress

Grace Andrews General, Getting you back to work

Many of us have experienced stress in some form or another. Especially over the past year, when so many things have changed. Our work routines have been disrupted and our social lives restricted. Responsibilities can weigh heavily. For those who are employed, work pressure may have increased. Working from home, either in isolation or alongside children, housemates and others, can bring new challenges. April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month, an opportunity to increase awareness of the causes and the impact of stress. This year’s theme is ‘regaining connectivity, certainty and control’, and many of us could do with recapturing a bit more of each.

Regaining controlStress Awareness Month graphic - Let's talk about stress

Being unemployed can be extremely stressful. Things may feel out of control, contributing to negative thoughts and feelings. For some, the pandemic has resulted in lost work and even greater financial insecurity. 

Our employment service to wounded and sick veterans doesn’t just get them a job, it helps them take back control of their lives.

Relieving stress

For the wounded and sick veterans we support, finding employment can be a long journey. It’s about more than just finding the right job. It’s often also about gaining confidence, seeing things afresh, striking a good balance and finding a new sense of purpose.

We know that being employed boosts overall health and quality of life. Our team of employment consultants work closely with veterans to build their confidence and independence. We listen carefully, helping them to take a step back and look at their situation and their priorities. 

Better wellbeing
Two thirds of the ex-Forces men and women we work with report improvements to their health and wellbeing after three months of employment support. Many have improved basic skills, more stability and greater motivation. 
We’ve helped veterans start more than 260 jobs since the Covid-19 pandemic began. And we’ve continued to stay by their side as they adapt to new ways of working in these extremely challenging times. We’ve done that through thousands of phone calls, emails and video calls. And as we all work through the challenges ahead, we will continue helping wounded and sick veterans find a less stressful way back to employment.
De-stress to help veterans
It isn’t just veterans who experience stress. For the month of May we’re encouraging our supporters to focus on their own wellbeing through The Great May Escape, while raising funds to change veterans’ lives through employment. We’d love for you to join us. 
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