The Forces Community and Transitioning to Civilian Life

Posted 31.10.2019

BBO Stakeholder Managers are working with SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and other local organisations to strengthen referral pathways between the BBO programme and the Forces Community.

It is known that upon leaving the Forces, that some ex-service personnel can struggle to transition to civilian life. Where the Army, RAF and Navy, for example, might have provided housing, healthcare, and tailored training and employment opportunities, leaving the forces to civilian life can be one fraught with challenges.

Transition is not a straightforward process, with individual’s experiencing unique barriers. A part of the challenge is that many service personnel have strengthened resilience, which for many help people to transition successfully; but for others, this can prevent them from accepting or searching for help when it is required.

Although mental ill-health among ex-service personnel is usually lower than the wider general population, not accessing services or support in a timely manner can impact mental health with the key concerns being depression, anxiety and substance misuse. Therefore, if support is not accessed in a timely manner, it is likely that these individuals can find themselves in a crisis situation.


BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

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