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BHD Helpline Launched

BHD Helpline Launched

A new helpline for personnel to report bullying, harassment and discrimination has gone live. The helpline is staffed by trained advisors who can provide advice and support so concerns can be dealt with quickly and confidentially.

For the first time Military and Civilian personnel in Defence will be able to confidentially raise and discuss issues about experiencing Bullying, Harassment or Discrimination (BHD) with an independent helpline advisor who understands Defence outside their CoC or Line Management Chain.

The Helpline provides support 24/7 support with trained BHD advisors who will provide in the moment emotional support, advice guidance and sign posting to other specific support available within the Service.

Defence works best as one team, working together to achieve the same aims, and treating those around us with dignity and respect.

There is no place for bullying, harassment or discrimination in any corner of defence, and this helpline is a critical step towards stamping out unacceptable behaviour.

Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace

All network members are encouraged to use this service if they are experiencing these issues.

The Defence BHD Helpline number is 0800 783 0334.

More information on the BHD Helpline can be found here.

Announcing our new Army LGBT+ Forum Veterans’ Rep

Announcing our new Army LGBT+ Forum Veterans’ Rep

We’re delighted to announce that as part of our continued commitment to supporting past and present lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldiers we have introduced the new role of Veterans’ Rep and that Dougie Morgan has taken on this role for the coming year.

Dougie MorganDougie has previously held the role of Forum Vice Chair and retired from the British Army last year after joining the Black Watch in 1980. His dedication to the Forum and his commitment to this role will provide real benefits and we’re excited for what follows in the coming months.

This new Veterans’ Rep role is an important part of our wider engagement with the Royal British Legion and a number of other organisations in supporting those who have left the service.

The Royal British Legion launched a new LGBTQ+ branch this year to help tackle isolation and build connections in communities. The new branch will act as a safe space for people from across the LGBTQ+ community to share experiences and support the work of the Legion Рyou can find out more about this on the RBL website.