COVID-19 Relief for Emergency Service Veterans.

by FirstLight Trust
COVID-19 Relief for Emergency Service Veterans.
Apr 7, 2022

Walking for Mental Wellbeing

Small actions can be incredibly powerful in relieving stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. When the pandemic hit many of our activities were put on hold, but walking continued to be an effective for many veterans supported by FirstLight Trust, often improving their mental and physical wellbeing.

On a spring afternoon FirstLight Trust support worker SF and veteran FW met for a walk along a beautiful woodland area. FW thought he had never been to the area at first but quickly realised that he used to walk his late son’s dog when caring for him. They passed along a creek and other walkers whilst the sun was shining above them.

FW spoke about his new role as a volunteer at a bereavement group and told SF that he has been asked to run a veteran’s ‘Coffee and Chat’ group which he is happy to do and is enjoying the new venture.

SF and FW stopped for a break at a bench where FW talked about his time in Africa with the Royal Engineers during the Ebola crisis.

Getting out in the fresh air was something FW used to do frequently with his son; going for walks with SF gives him the space to open up about his grief and enables SF to support him effectively.

FW and SF walked back along the creek and woodland. At the end of the route FW thanked SF by saying, “The walk always clears my head”.

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