A Bolton Clarke initiative, the project is a collaboration between the Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI), Altura Learning and the veteran community to explore the experience of veterans and their families and identify gaps in health and social care for current and ex-serving members and their families.
Bolton Clarke Chairman Pat McIntosh said the toolkit project was grounded in research into the unique health needs of veterans that identified a demand for greater knowledge and practical resources.
“By giving a voice to veterans to share their experiences, we hope this toolkit plays a role in supporting their access to timely information and services,” he said.
“This is particularly the case with the issue of mental health – where we need to do more in promoting early identification and effective treatment pathways.”
Bolton Clarke Research Institute Principal Research Fellow Dr Judy Lowthian said good family function was integral to maintaining or improving mental health for veterans.
“This toolkit is one of the complementary resources we can use to support individuals and their families to navigate their journey to recovery,” she said.
Bolton Clarke’s Veteran Family Toolkit sits alongside other programs to support veterans, their families and others to understand effective treatment pathways to post traumatic growth.
The toolkit consists of five modules, each addressing a different part of the journey to post-traumatic growth.
Module 1: The Veteran Perspective www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3rNxqIW8N8
Module 2: What is Mental Health www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYV8GUzzYMs
Module 3: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT3cgKIln04
Module 4: The Family Perspective www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-xyv5nk4MI
Module 5: Getting Help & PTSD Treatments www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC1JfVFbtRc
Veteran’s Health Week, from 22-30 September, is an annual initiative supported by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to generate interest in and raise awareness around improving the health and well being of Veterans and ex-service personnel and their families.