Project information

Online Counselling Support for Military Personnel

To provide online support to members of the British Armed Forces, and their dependants, who are experiencing psychological trauma as a result of military combat. We aim to be able to provide low level intervention nationwide by year ending 2015.

May 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Stand Down

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  • Need


    There are many barriers faced by those who serve in the British Armed Forces trying to access support for PTSD or any mental health condition. There is a lack of specialist support for veterans who may be experiencing mental health issues as a result of previous service. Families often feel isolated and alone at what can be a harrowing time in their lives. Currently there is no support for families in this situation who may find themselves stationed far away from family and friends.


    We will deliver online counselling services to personnel, veterans and their families. Through online support we will be able to immediately and effectively support our service users nationwide. Our support will be easily accessible to those who are eligible making access to support simple and achievable. Eventually Humanistic Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) and help with alcohol abuse will be offered at our dedicated centres

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Launch online counselling for serving personnel, veterans and their families.


    » Launch and promote counselling services via local authorities, armed forces charities, media and social media.

    Success will be supporting 12 personnel and their families for an 18 week period via online support, from December 2015 to the end of our financial year April 2016.

  • Impact


    The project will provide much needed accessible treatment for traumatic mental injury to serving personnel, veterans and their families. The project will eliminate the 'hoops' that potential service users have to jump through in order to access treatment and support. The project will provide support to families as currently this is non existent when dealing with mental trauma. Success will be measured via service user satisfaction questionnaire and feedback from the counsellors supervisors.


    There is a risk of not being able to source suitably experienced counsellors. This risk has been managed via a suitably qualified board member engaging with a supervisor of 20 years experience in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The supervisor will assist the board member in appointing suitably qualified counsellors.


    Funders will receive a monthly email with details of the progress of the project. They will also be provided with links to our blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts all of which are updated regularly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,474

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,474 Staffing Paying for counselling sessions, psychiatrists sessions and their supervision.
      £3,000 Running costs Insurance, website, legal assistance, telephone lines, event management and initial outlay.
      £1,000 Supplies Encryption software, merchandise, stationary,
      £4,000 Marketing Charity Video, advertising and promotion.
  • Background


    We aim to assist service users nationwide.


    Current serving, veterans and the families of members of the British Armed Forces wherever they may be based within the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The majority of the established forces charities do not provide services for mental health trauma or families and those that do are veterans charities. We aim to provide services to currently serving personnel, families and veterans. We aim to treat the family as a unit and understand that families suffer in these harrowing circumstances also. It is often the case that service personnel feel unable to approach senior members of staff with mental health issues. We aim to remove this barrier.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kyna Jeng

    CEO with a background in law and from a military family. Stand Down is the registered UK charity that will be providing the services highlighted.

    Claire Blackburn

    Chair and head of counselling. Fully qualified and regulated counsellor from a military family.

    Paris Nevin

    Trustee technical and social media support and from a military family.

    Joelle Jeng

    Trustee marketing support and from a military family.

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