Having family in the military

Having family in the military can be stressful sometimes, but Childline’s here to support you.

Family life

Being in a military family can give you a big sense of pride, especially for the people you care about who serve. You can have lots of experiences others don’t, but there can be challenges as well.

You might be worried about:

  • missing someone who’s away
  • moving to different places and meeting new people
  • worrying about someone dying or having lost a family member
  • arguments or difficulties at home
  • being a young carer or coping when a family member is injured or unwell.

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. If you’re struggling with anything in your life, Childline is here to talk.

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Ways to cope and feel better

Whatever’s happening, there are ways to get support and we’ve got advice to help. 

Dealing with family changes

There are lots of reasons your family might change or grow, and it’s natural to need time or support to deal with anything that’s happening. Having family in the military can mean having extra things to think about as well, but you’re not alone.

How Childline can support you

Childline is an anonymous, confidential service that’s here to listen to you and help you cope. If you’re in the UK, our counsellors can talk to you about anything, big or small, 24 hours a day.

There are lots of ways we can support you:

  • Call on 0800 1111
    Calls are free and won’t show up on the phone bill 
  • Have a 1-2-1 chat
    Speak online to a counsellor using our instant messenger service
  • Send a private message to a counsellor
    Create an account to send us a message and we’ll reply within a day
  • Use SignVideo
    If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, you can use SignVideo to use BSL with a counsellor via an interpreter
  • Talk to other young people
    Post anonymously any time to our message boards to talk to other young people in the Childline community