ARMED Forces veterans can benefit from a free online mental health event this week.

The Armed Forces Covenant in Dorset will be hosting the wellbeing call on Teams as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Kevin Moore, a former Royal Naval Engineer and Falklands veteran, will be speaking and says he is living proof that seeking help and talking through issues can lead you out of poor mental health.

Since leaving the Armed Forces, Kevin has worked in the public sector and now feels proud and privileged to be in a position that enables him to give something back to the Armed Forces community.

Mr Moore said: “I hope veterans and members of the Armed Forces community across Dorset will join me for the event where we can explore some myths concerning the Armed Forces and mental health together. Members of the public are also invited to take part.

“It’s not all post-traumatic stress disorder. Many issues are more to do with loneliness, isolation, a sense of loss and no longer belonging, and difficulties in adjusting.

“Many veterans and serving personnel feel misunderstood and anxious. This impacts not only them, but also the wider family and relationships.”

The event aims to ‘dispel some myths’ concerning the Armed Forces and mental health: to take a look at the causes of mental health challenges, look at support that is in place and discuss the changing attitude of the Armed Forces towards mental health.

Cllr David Walsh, Armed Forces Champion for Dorset Council, said: “There are over 58,000 Armed Forces veterans in Dorset, plus around 40,000 serving personnel and their families.

“We know there are many veterans who still struggle with physical and mental scars.

“Through the Armed Forces Covenant and links to health and wellbeing services, welfare, housing and employment, support is available for both current and past members of the Armed Forces and their families.”

The Mental Health and Wellbeing event is free and will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 2pm. To find out more, or to book your place, visit: