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EDITOR Charlotte Eadie editor@aff.org.uk DEPUTY EDITOR Lisa Youd deped@aff.org.uk // 01264 382314 Army&You, IDL 414, Floor 1, Zone 6, Ramillies Building, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Andover SP11 8HJ AFF UK CENTRAL OFFICE 01264 382324 // us@aff.org.uk REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH 07824 534345 // rmsouth@aff.org.uk OXFORDSHIRE/M4 CORRIDOR 07787 091883 // oxfordshirem4@aff.org.uk HAMPSHIRE 07527 492803 // hampshire@aff.org.uk WILTSHIRE 07527 492783 // wiltshire@aff.org.uk

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Challenge, uniting partners through adventure (page 18). Lifting the lid on transition (pages 26-27) showcases two years of research into how you’re supported when it’s time to move on from the military. And you can read many more real-life stories in Our Army Family (page 55), Employment & Training (pages 30-33), BlogSpot (pages 65-66) and A Postcard From (page 50), which takes us to Nigeria. It’s your input and contributions to articles that make the magazine unique, so please continue to get involved and give us your unique perspective on Army life – editor@ aff.org.uk or via our social media @ArmyandYou

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ITH all the challenges Army life can bring, keeping up good mental health for you and your family can sometimes be difficult – when your latest posting leaves you feeling isolated and lonely, when your child’s behaviour goes askew because mum or 26 dad is away again, or when your confidence takes a knock because you’ve left that job you loved. But as we discover through the pages of our spring edition, there are many ways to maintain your wellbeing and lots of avenues of support should you need it. Our thanks to those of you who have shared your experiences. In our feature, Working on your wellbeing (pages 16-17), we hear from families on adapting to Army life and a wealth of organisations that have your mental health needs at the forefront of what they do. Olympic champion and former Servicewoman Dame Kelly Holmes tells us about her own struggles (pages 20-21) and we also meet the people behind Forces Wives

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