Armed Forces personnel are being urged to talk about issues that are worrying them via a social media website.
Togetherall is a free online space where serving personnel, veterans and their families can talk about what’s troubling them, and get help and support in a safe environment whenever they need it.
The service is easy to use, completely anonymous and available 24/7. Trained professionals are online at all times to ensure everyone is safe.
Difficult to talk
Traditionally it's men who find it difficult to talk about what’s on their mind, but on the Togetherall they have found a place to open up. 60% of Togetherall members from the Armed Forces are male.
One member of Togetherall, currently serving, and who wishes to remain anonymous said: ‘Togetherall helped me feel less alone in Afghanistan. For a base with 15,000 people, Camp Bastion was a pretty lonely place. It’s good to know Togetherall is with me wherever and whenever I need it.’
Support from like-minded people
Togetherall allows people from the Armed Forces community to get support from like-minded people to express what they’re really feeling.
Members can choose to vent and express how they feel in words through a ‘Talkabout’, or images by making ‘Bricks’.
They can share issues with members of the community or trained professionals, called Wall Guides, who are online at all times.
They can also conduct tests to help them understand common issues such as depression and anxiety, and access lots of useful information.
Togetherall has professionally-led guided groups designed to help people deal with issues from work stress to getting a better night’s sleep.
The website also produces a free fortnightly email, with hints and tips for members of the Armed Forces community about topical, everyday issues that may affect them – like relationship problems, money issues, or simply how to think about things differently and make a positive change.
Togetherall has supported over 12,000 people to date, and has been commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Department of Health and Help for Heroes.