In civilian life, ex-service men & women face a variety of challenges in re-entering their families, and the contrast between the families and realities of homecoming can be distressing. Families themselves have been stressed and experienced problems as a result of the deployment. Partners have made role adjustments while the individual was away and these need to be renegotiated, especially given the possible irritability and tension of the veteran.
The most common disorders amongst British Armed Forces personnel are depression, anxiety disorders, substance misuse (mostly alcohol), psychological trauma-related disorders, adjustment disorders, phobic disorders, psychotic conditions and anger issues.
Problems faced are often chronic, complex and long-term, the earlier the intervention the earlier they can be put on the road to recovery, re-habilitation and re-integration into society.
The goals of the facility
Prevent family breakdown
Prevent social withdrawal and isolation
Prevent problems with employment
Prevent alcohol and drug abuse
Connect with returning veteran
Connect veterans with each other
Offer practical help with specific problems
To attend to the broad needs of ex-service personnel and their family members
To promote rehabilitation and re-integration into society.