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Mental Health

Loughborough University To Launch Mental Wellbeing Project For Veterans

Four courses will offer veterans the chance to take part in a range of activities aimed at improving mental health.

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Loughborough University and the Royal Air Forces Association are launching a project aimed at supporting veterans struggling with their mental health.

From 2021, four courses, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, will be run at the university's London campus to help veterans improve their "social resilience and overall welfare". 

The courses will be run through a mixture of residential stays and one-day sessions.

Activities will include healthy cooking lessons, sessions aimed at improving sleep quality and team-based activity such as wheelchair basketball and yoga.

Loughborough student and serviceman Wing Commander Craig White came up with the idea for the project.

"I am delighted this incredibly important project has been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust," he said.

"There is a fantastic partnership working on this, and together we can make a real positive difference to the lives of those veterans struggling with their mental wellbeing."

It is hoped the courses' focus on sport, exercise and physical activity can enhance mental wellbeing and reduce the risk of mental illness. 

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