Mindfulness & Awareness
In the early years Felix Fund provided normalisation breaks for hundreds of individuals from EOD & Search teams on their return from Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. These breaks were designed to identify or reduce the impact of mental stress that a high-pressure tour can bring about and consisted of a week’s therapeutic team building activities, discussion groups designed to draw out and share operational experiences and more importantly provided the opportunity to regroup and reinforce peer bonds with colleagues who had travelled the same operational journey. The breaks proved vital in identifying and ultimately reducing the risk of poor mental health among individuals.
Today Felix Fund continues to focus on mental health issues with our preventative stress training based on mindfulness. These programmes provide serving military with the tools and techniques to recognise warning signs of stress and to be able to develop their ability to relax, clear their minds and focus on positive aspects of their life. This then feeds back into a more productive and positive work and home environment.
Who is it for?
Serving military who have conducted or assisted with EOD duties. Any rank and any trade within this capability across the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or SO15 (Metropolitan Police Counter Terror Unit).
Why should I attend?
Anyone can be overwhelmed by the build-up of life stresses without realising it is happening.
The aim of the Dashboard course is to provide tools and techniques which will enable individuals to recognise warning signs and to be able to develop their ability to relax, clear their minds and focus on positive aspects of their life. This will feed back into a more productive and stress reduced work and home environment.
What do I take away?
Tools and techniques to help you recognise the warning signs of stress.
The ability to deal with issues in the most appropriate way.
Follow up contact with the trainers at regular intervals.
A clearer focus and ability to deal with work and family.
Pointers on how to improve the quality of your life.
The other aspect of the work of Felix Fund is financial assistance to serving personnel, veterans and their dependents, when they find themselves in times of need. This help is wide ranging from hydrotherapy treatment for a former soldier suffering from PTSD and sleep deprivation, a specially adapted buggy for the disabled son of a serving soldier to enable him to start school and go out with his family to sporting equipment for two former Sappers to allow them to train for, and compete in the Invictus Games. We have also helped with home adaptation for veterans, such as replacement windows, the installation of stair lifts and specialist furniture to ensure they are able to remain in their own homes.
In addition, to these grants we provide limited funding for units towards adventure training activities. These must have some welfare benefit and we do not support teams undertaking competitions. The aim is to help serving personnel to get involved with a new sport or activity while benefiting from some down time from their high-pressured jobs.
Other grants to units have ranged from the refurbishment of on camp welfare facilities in locations such as 321 Sqn in Northern Ireland and Marlborough Barracks, Kineton.