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Stress, anxiety and loneliness: mental health in a pandemic

The triumphs and trials of family life in the armed forces

23/11/2020Download

How are forces charities helping people with mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic? Jill Misson’s been finding out and hears from one serviceman who got help. 

11 year old Imogen tells Amy Casey about winning a Pride of Britain Lockdown Award for her Keepie Uppie Challenge. 

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Edd, a military spouse from a same-sex couple about life behind the wire during lockdown. 

Sergeant Alastair Smith-Weston is from the Army LGBT+ Network and explains the support it can offer. 

And Chris Keen talks to TV presenter Chris Kamara about how he got through lockdown. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

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16/11/2020

Jill Misson explores the many ways in which military spouses have been getting through the pandemic, together. 

Amy Casey talks to army veteran Douglas Morgan about how he lifted morale in his local community by volunteering as a gardener at a care home. 

Louise Fetigan from Little Troopers talks to Jayne who shares the heartache of getting through her husband’s extended deployment during lockdown. 

Alison Baverstock from Reading Force tells Jill about the extra work the charity has been doing for forces families. 

And Jess Bracey talks to the Queen of military cooking Beca Lyne-Perkis about her lockdown bakes. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

09/11/2020

Amy Casey has some amazing stories from the Coronavirus front line. Thousands of British troops deployed as part of Op Rescript in support of the NHS. Many of them found themselves doing extraordinary things. Amy talks to some of them including the soldier who delivered a baby. 

Chris Keen tells us about the Lockdown Victory of getting the performing arts online for “Army at the Virtual Fringe”. 

Louise Fetigan from Little Troopers talks to Gill, a female soldier, mum and army wife who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer but went on to compete at The Invictus Games. 

We hear from David Wiseman from The Invictus Games Foundation about the opportunities available to ex-servicemen and women online, after the 2020 games were postponed. 

And Adam Powney speaks to Katherine Jenkins about how she took her concerts online during lockdown. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

02/11/2020

What’s life been like for Gurkha soldiers and their families during the pandemic? Binod Khadka from BFBS Gurkha Radio brings us stories from Brunei, the UK and Nepal. 

Adam Powney talks to Cadet Ben Hall who spent lockdown by building and then sleeping in an Anderson shelter in his garden to raise money for his local Air Ambulance Service. 

Louise Fetigan from Little Troopers talks to forces teenager Megan about the difficulties of family life in the RAF and starting a podcast during lockdown. 

Jill talks to Jenna Richardson the employment and training specialist at the Army Families Federation about help for forces school-leavers planning their next steps. 

Chris Keen talks to actress Laura Aikman from Bluestone 42 about her life in lockdown. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production with support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for BFBS.

27/10/2020

Employment anxiety. Many people have lost their jobs during the Coronavirus pandemic but if you’re a former member of the armed forces and have job worries, can you re-join the services? Nicky Smith speaks to Squadron Leader Gordon Ferguson who has re-joined the RAF after going on furlough from his civilian job at Heathrow Airport. Flight Lieutenant Chris Thornton from RAF Cranwell explains how it’s done. 

Chris Keen talks to military spouse Emma Henderson who founded Project Wingman, a way of supporting NHS workers during the crisis. 

In Family Time Louise from Little Troopers talks to army wife Emma about her experience giving birth during the pandemic and Jill talks to Katy McGarry from Mum Born Every Minute. 

Former Royal Marine and actor Cassidy Little talks about his lockdown experience. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS with support from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

13/07/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Sian who explains how she coped when her Royal Navy husband set sail the day after their wedding. 

Sara Scott, a trustee from the Military Wives Choir, explains why the choirs are about so much more than just singing. 

We celebrate a Little Victory with Mano in Brunei who cycled 500 km in South Korea to raise money for SSAFA. 

And there’s more from soldier and magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones who talks about his work with the military charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

06/07/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Ceri about growing up as a child in the forces to becoming a military wife. 

Chris Leahy, a senior social work practitioner from British Forces Cyprus, talks about how to prepare your children for an overseas posting. 

We celebrate a Little Victory with Delilah who copes brilliantly while her dad is deployed on his submarine. 

And there’s more from WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE, who talks about negative social media and how it’s affected his mental health. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

29/06/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Verity about becoming a military spouse and adapting to forces life. 

Chris Leahy, a senior social work practitioner from British Forces Cyprus, explains how to maintain a happy relationship and why counselling might be useful for some couples. 

We celebrate a Little Victory with Izzy who developed a very rare inflammatory disease just months before starting secondary school. 

And there’s more from Mark “Billy” Billingham from SAS: Who Dares Wins. This time he talks about how BFBS kept his morale up as a young soldier in Belize.  

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

22/06/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Claire about becoming a military spouse and the challenges of forces life when a parent and child have additional health or support needs. 

WO2 Gill Charlton from the Army Welfare service and the Armed Forces CANDID Network talks about the help available for those with life changing or life limiting conditions, impairments or disabilities. 

Key worker children at Episkopi Early Years talk about their time in school during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

And WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE recalls his early experiences as a teenager in the army. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

15/06/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Steve and Becky. Steve is serving in the army but was diagnosed with a brain tumour shortly before the couple got married. 

WO2 Gill Charlton from the Armed Forces CANDID Network talks about the support available for those diagnosed with serious illness while serving. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with 10 year old Marley who makes new friends through sport and music. 

And Mark “Billy” Billingham from SAS: Who Dares Wins speaks about his experience as a young soldier in The Parachute Regiment. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

09/06/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Kirsty about how she gets her children through the long periods of separation from their dad while he is away on deployment. 

Bridget Nicholson from the Naval Families Federation has some advice for families dealing with time apart. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with 11 year old Autumn in Gibraltar who has won a music scholarship.  

And there’s more from England Rugby star Joe Cokanasiga. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

08/06/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Kirsty about how she gets her children through the long periods of separation from their dad while he is away on deployment. 

Bridget Nicholson from the Naval Families Federation has some advice for families dealing with time apart. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with 11 year old Autumn in Gibraltar who has won a music scholarship.  

And there’s more from England Rugby star Joe Cokanasiga. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

26/05/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Cat whose partner was struggling with undiagnosed PTSD. 

Karen Ross from the Army Families Federation explains how to get help if you are in a similar situation. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with Jack in Cyprus who is fundraising for animal sanctuaries by running half marathons. 

England Rugby star Joe Cokanasiga talks about his big break into the professional game. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

18/05/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Mary Claire about her struggle with mental health due to the emotional impact of forces life. 

Karen Ross from the Army Families Federation and Bridget Nicholson from the Naval Families Federation give advice on looking after your mental health when you are part of a forces family. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with Imani who is helping her community by putting her “Incredible Eats” fridges in food banks. 

Former Olympic medal winning athlete Kriss Akabusi tells us how much he enjoyed his time in the Royal Signals. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

11/05/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Sophia about deployment and separation.  

We also hear from Louise Briggs from the RAF Families Federation about providing stability for your children through deployments, postings and the ups and downs of a mobile lifestyle. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with Fern who has just qualified as a lifeguard. 

Singer-songwriter James Blunt talks about his military life as both a forces’ child and a serving soldier. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

04/05/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Lisa, who’s made the difficult decision to give up her successful teaching career to be a full-time navy wife and mum. We also get some career advice from Lucy Heaver, an employment expert from the Naval Families Federation. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with Aoife who is thriving after deciding to move to a boarding school.  

Military magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones talks about what it’s like to become famous while you’re still serving. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

27/04/2020

Louise from Little Troopers talks to Charlotte, an army wife who has used the power of social media to make new friends wherever she’s posted. BFBS social media guru Jackie Rautenbach has some top advice on how to make it work for you. 

We celebrate a “Little Victory” with Victoria, a teenage football sensation in Gibraltar. 

England Rugby star Joe Cokanasiga talks about his military childhood and how it’s never held him back. 

Team Talk is presented by Charlie Fife and Jill Misson and is a TBI Media production for BFBS.

21/04/2020

So what is military life like for a child with special educational needs? Louise from the charity Little Troopers talks to Mum Stacey about finding the right support for her son Noah. We celebrate a Little Victory with five year old Joshua and Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the magician who won Britain’s Got Talent, talks about his life in the Army.