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Army February 3, 2011
CA LT-GEN Ken Gillespie officially
released the new Army DVD on post
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at
Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, late
Joined by soldiers and their families,
Lt-Gen Gillespie launched Dents in the
Soul and spoke candidly of Army's expe-
rience with PTSD.
The former lead
played an inte-
gral role in the
his iconic song
I was only 19
to the project as
well as narrat-
ing the DVD.
Dents in the
Soul arose from
to better support
soldiers and their
families in under-
was the Army's
goal and he
diers to seek help
"It is time for a robust discussion in
Army and across Defence on how this
illness develops, how it can be treated,
and the considerable benefits of seeking
help early to address the condition," he
said.He said senior commanders took the
responsibility "very seriously" to ensure
soldiers were prepared physically and
mentally for the rigors of training and
service on operations.
"Army is moving forward in its
approach to PTSD. Army is listening,
and it is important to recognise that this
is promoting a cultural shift in our atti-
tudes to PTSD."
Lt-Gen Gillespie said the Army cared
for and mended soldiers with physi-
cal injuries and the Army was working
toward doing the same for those with
"We are com-
mitted to improving
ental health lit-
acy and resilience
nd the retention
nd treatment of
ur soldiers is para-
He said Dents in
he Soul would play
an important role
n bringing PTSD
nto the spotlight.
of courage, initia-
tive and teamwork
are built on the
very real tenet of
looking after your
"We do this in
training, in bar-
racks, on opera-
tions. We need to
also do this with
and their fami-
lies were treated
to a concert performance from John
Schumann and the Vagabond Crew.
Mr Schumann said he was happy to
have been a part of the DVD.
"If I have played just a small part in
encouraging soldiers to recognise PTSD
and put their hands up for help, then it
will be one of the best things I have ever
done with my song," he said.
Dents in the Soul is available online at
www.defence.gov.au via the quicklinks.
Putting a dent in PTSD
New release: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie and singer John Schumann join soldiers at Lavarack Barracks in
Townsville to launch Dents in the Soul, a DVD to raise awareness of PTSD.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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