Withdean Ward Councillor, Ann Norman, has taken on the role of Armed Forces Mental Health Champion for Brighton & Hove.
As part of the Brighton & Hove Armed Forces Community Covenant, which the Council set up following a Notice of Motion by the Conservative Group, Ann attended a training course run by the NHS to help understand the issues affecting current and ex-service personnel and what services are out there to help them. As a result of this training, Ann has become an Armed Forces Mental Health Champion.
Ann, who is also the Conservative Spokesperson on the Brighton & Hove Civil Military Partnership Board, said: “This is an incredibly important issue for me. The Nation’s duty of care to our brave servicemen and women should not end when they return from their tour of duty or retire from the forces. It is sadly far too common to find ex-servicemen and women homeless on the streets suffering with serious mental health and drug/alcohol misuse problems. There are a whole range of complex reasons for why this is the case and part of my new role is to act as a point of contact for family members who may have a loved one in this unfortunate position. I shall also be trying to raise awareness of this issue amongst public and voluntary sector organisations across the city who work with vulnerable people. These brave people have put their lives on the line for us and so it is nice to be able to repay them for that, if only in a relatively small way.”
Ann can provide current information, contacts and lists of organisations and advice to anyone who may be working with ex Armed Forces personnel, their relatives, and also relatives of currently serving members of the Armed Forces. There are a number of organisations that can help families of current military personnel who may be in need of advice and support while their family member is serving away from home.
For further information please contact Cllr. Norman on 01273 291182 or 07795335814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org