Veterans Information, based in Tameside provides a safe space for veterans to share their stories, receive emotional support and be sign-posted to any other services they may need.
Veterans Information’s primary aim is a single point of contact where veterans, serving soldiers, and their families can access a wide variety of services and information that can support them to lead fulfilling and independent lives, with a particular focus on mental health issues and employment and education.
The group has been working in the veteran’s sector in various voluntary roles for the last four years and is made up of ex military. They have links with veterans’ homeless charities and other veterans’ charities that offer help and support.
Many veterans suffer depression and have mental health issues and releasing the internal chatter at Veterans Information CIC helps individuals to focus on going forward and looking at employment and changing their lives and their family’s lives.
Attendees of Veterans Information CIC have talked to many veterans and they all suffer from hyper-vigilance, a feeling of being aware of everything in the environment as a constant possible threat. Because of this, they have researched the use of floatation therapy, an experience felt similar to deep meditation, where everything is slowed down and the veterans feel relaxed. Their internal chatter and fears and concerns disappear. Many veterans suffer stress and anxiety once back in wider society, and flotation tanks can help the individuals cope with these feelings.
The uniqueness of this treatment is that every veteran experiences different feelings as they have a weightlessness feeling, which also reduces tense and tight feelings on their joints, specifically in the pelvic, lower back, shoulders and neck area, which are all areas which have pressure on them in the field of battle.