If you are a close friend or a family member of a service or ex-service person and worried about their psychological wellbeing, the Helping Armed Forces Loved Ones (HALO) survey is now open online…

The HALO Survey is part of a bigger HALO Study designed to increase access to mental health services among armed forces people who are in need. The HALO approach is a new way of doing this, working with the concerned friends and family members.

This survey is a first step to better understand what can be done to provide appropriate services that meet the needs of armed forces families. It is being run by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research at King’s College London and Help for Heroes.

The team is comparing two different programmes for the friends and family of service personnel and veterans who are struggling with their mental health. Family members or friends will learn how to better understand their loved one’s challenges, how to communicate more effectively and ways to encourage them to seek treatment.

All of your information will be kept strictly confidential. The UK Data Protection Act 2018 will apply to all of the information gathered as part of this research. Data will be stored securely and will only be accessible by the research team at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.

You can take the survey here.

Questions can be addressed to halo@kcl.ac.uk