If you’re supporting a Service person or a veteran who’s struggling, life can be really hard. Being a carer can be exhausting – it can leave you feeling isolated, it can knock your confidence and your self-esteem, and it can have a huge impact on your mental health and your resilience.
If any of that sounds familiar, then the good news is that you’re not on your own – we’re here for you. We’re the only UK charity to exist solely to support the adult family members of physically or psychologically injured British Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
Connecting with The Ripple Pond
Joining The Ripple Pond means connecting with our network of over 850 Forces and veteran family members; a peer support community like no other. Our members come from all walks of life, but the one thing that each and every person has in common is that they’ve been exactly where you are now.
They’ve faced the same struggles, and they’ve experienced the same feelings. This is a relaxed and friendly community that will offer you genuine support and understanding, and will always listen without judgement – if you want to talk. Not everybody does, and we get that. There’s no pressure here, sometimes just being part of the community – and being able to read about the lived experience of others – is enough.
“Mental health is a rollercoaster, it has massive highs and monumental lows. The Ripple Pond was fundamental to my peace of mind when my husband’s PTSD was at a particularly difficult stage. My own anxiety was really heightened at that point and the thought of sharing my problems face to face, at a Zoom meeting or even just with one other single person in person was just terrifying for me. I used the WhatsApp group. The love, support and sound, non-judgemental advice I received was valuable beyond words.
“Things got better for me/us and I have come off the group, but The Ripple Pond have told me I don’t need to leave, I can stay onboard and dip in and out of the services whenever I need them. Who else does that? No-one can predict a crisis. To have a service that says “just use us when you need us” is amazing, it demonstrates their total and complete understanding of their client group!”
TRP Member feedback
That’s how we want all of our members to feel. That’s how we want you to feel. We are Your Forces Family Network, and we’re here for you.
This article was originally featured in the Spring Edition of Envoy Magazine 2022.