Forces in Mind Trust has awarded funds of £50,500 to the Contact Group, a collaboration of third sector, statutory providers and support organisations that deliver mental health support to the Armed Forces community…

Contact Group members work to ensure that the Armed Forces community is provided with the best possible mental health advice and support, and that treatment pathways are as good as they can be. The award will support its programme of work over two years as well as fund a project officer and help with travel costs for the Group.

This will enable Contact to continue to develop a substantial programme of work to help it achieve its aims of increasing the capacity of mental health services, developing best practice guidelines, supporting the planning of future services and understanding the needs of veterans.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “Contact is a unique and important organisation which plays a significant role in bringing together mental health providers from across the UK. This grant will provide Contact with the capacity it needs to continue its work in helping organisations to provide the best possible mental health support to the Armed Forces community.”

Dr Charles Winstanley, Chair of Contact Group, says: “Contact is grateful for this critical FiMT support. It will enable us to energetically collaborate within the sector, develop and promote consistency of approach, and provide an impartial view of the UK’s progress in looking after the mental health of the Armed Forces community.”

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