Health & Wellbeing

General

NHS – Advice for everyone

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

NHS Screening programmes during COVID-19.

Also you could try NHS Live Well (low impact exercises) or NHS Every Mind Matters (mental wellbeing)

Latest NHS guidance on attending bowel cancer screening appointments

The NHS is urgently prioritising appointments for people that need follow up tests following their bowel cancer screening result.

Latest NHS guidance on immunisation and screening appointments

NHS England is urging people to attend all regular vaccination appointments to prevent outbreaks of serious diseases. Whilst NHS screening programmes are starting to be restored.

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NHS guidance on accessing dental treatment

The latest advice from the NHS on accessing dental treatment.

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NHS Coronavirus Updates for the Armed Forces Community

The NHS are now producing regular Coronavirus Updates for the Armed Forces Community, relevant for Service Personnel, Families and Veterans.

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NHS Activities for our children

Our children need to be active for 60 minutes a day and the NHS Change4Life pages will help you with some great ideas for activities. From fun 10 Minute Shake Up games to information about active hobbies and sports, here’s everything you need to get your family moving.

Screenshot of the NHS's Activities website for ideas on what our children can do during the coronavirus period.

Children’s guide to coronavirus

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so we’ve created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about…

Pregnancy advice

Coronavirus infection and pregnancy – Information for pregnant women and their families.

Snapshot of the Royal College of Obstestricians and Gynaecologists website.

Mental health

Get Safe Online booklet: You, the internet and your wellbeing

The internet has really come into its own during lockdown. But for many of us, there’s a downside too: the potential of mental health issues resulting from – or increased by – our increased use of it.

Read more by clicking on the downloadable booklet below:

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Togetherall

If you are stressed, anxious or need a place to talk – visit the Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) to join an online mental health community. It’s an anonymous community where members also support each other.

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Mindfulness App Headspace

The RAF Benevolent Fund can help through the mindfulness app ‘Headspace‘ If you are a currently serving member of the RAF (regular or reserve) and you would like to request a Headspace membership please email [email protected] from your MOD email account, quoting your service number.

If you aren’t Serving, you can still access and use Headspace generally by downloading the app onto your phone.

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SSAFA’s Nine tips to stay mentally healthy

These Coronavirus Lockdown tips have been provided by Tom Fox, a veteran and SSAFA beneficiary who’s company Thoughtify provides Mental Health Training courses and Executive Coaching for business.

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Listen in to Declassified’s Podcasts – all about military stories

The most recent podcasts are about being around the bigger picture of a pandemic. DC – Episode 1 is with Aldo Kane, a former Royal Marine sniper and now works in TV and Film. He talks about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Isolation in the UK and ways to live and thrive whilst on lockdown.

DC19 – Episode 2 is all around a world leading psychiatrist who specialises in psychological trauma. In this particular episode Declassified speaks about loneliness, depression and the power of meditation.

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More support

The RAF Association

Project Connect: Project Entertain

Welcome to the new RAF and RAF Association-themed online entertainment service, launched to offer support to the RAF community during these unprecedented times. Events will be run from quizzes to live-streamed sing-a-longs and armchair fitness sessions.

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The RAF Association has an extended local network, accessible through your Hive or Community Support team, or you can reach RAF Association team members on their hotline – 0800 018 2361. 

  • A telephone outreach service is now available which will proactively support the RAF community in checking on their welfare and offer them regular contact (telephone or online).
  • A friendship helpline is available for anyone in the RAF community to call if they are feeling isolated, in need of more specific support or simply want a chat with someone friendly who understands.

Explore other services to tap into through the RAF FF’s online sections:

Domestic abuse

Specialist domestic abuse organisations have joined together to create advice and information about support available for domestic abuse survivors. They have also produced advice for family, friends, neighbours and community members. Visit here for survivor tips.

For more information around domestic abuse and where to go for support, visit here.

GOV.UK provides information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community. In an emergency always call 999.

There is also support within the foreign and Commonwealth community for those affected by domestic abuse.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse and need help or support you can find support through your welfare service, via the Police or from specialist organisations, via the National Domestic Violence Helpline, who exist to support anyone experiencing domestic abuse.

National Domestic Violence Helpline www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk – 0808 2000 247

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women and men experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

For advice in Northern Ireland: 0800 917 1414, Scotland: 0800 027 1234 or Wales: 0808 80 10 800

Free online fitness

Dr ME Health

Join Claire Willsher who will be going onto FB live @dr.me.health at 8.30am and doing a daily exercise challenge aimed at school age children (and parents/careers too if you are keen). Sessions will last around 15 minutes and will be as easy or hard as you make them!

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Remote Workout Series with the RAF

During this challenging time of national lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping our fitness levels up and prioritising our mental health has never been more important. If like many people the most exercise you’re getting is moving from the sofa to the fridge, have a go at our remote workouts to keep fighting fit! All part of the RAF’s Health & Wellbeing section.

Fitness with Joe Wicks

Tune into daily at 9 am (Monday-Friday) where Joe Wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

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#StayInWorkOut

Join the Movement is Sport England’s brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Shake it with Oti Mabuse

Join Oti every day at 11.30am for children but the class can be viewed at anytime. Beginner dance classes for adults and the whole family – no dance experience required – every day at 19:30.

Virtual Choir

Gareth Malone’s Choir

Gareth Malone announces a new Great British Home Chorus initiative to bring together both amateaur and professional performers around the county as we experience day to day ‘social distancing’.

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Myleene’s Music Klass

Join in twice a week through YouTube or watch back if you miss any of the sessions.

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Other useful links

Public Health England

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See also general information in the RAF FF’s online Health and Wellbeing section.

General government advice and information on all issues around the coronavirus is available online.