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A NEW series of online videos aims to bring more
awareness of the mental health issues faced by cur-
rent and former members of the ADF.
Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon launched the videos on November 20 and
said they offered an insight into the experiences of vet-
erans and current soldiers, sailors, airmen and women,
and their families after deployment.
"The pace of military operations has increased con-
siderably over the past decade and we have seen some
of the impact of this increase, along with the multiple
deployments some members of the ADF undertake,"
"This impact is not only felt by those who served,
but also their family and friends."
The series of videos feature current servicemen and
women, veterans and family members, including an
Afghan war widow, sharing their experiences in deal-
ing with issues from depression through to anxiety and
Army's Command Chaplain Reverend Monsignor
Glynn Murphy is one of those featured in the videos
and said there were many signs to look for when some-
one returned from an overseas deployment.
"If people come back from very stressful opera-
tions, they can be strangers in a strange land when they
return to Australia," Monsignor Murphy said.
"The little things that never would have bothered
them can make them very angry, and it makes them
angry because their values have been challenged and
perhaps their values have changed and, perhaps, there
are things they don't take for granted anymore."
CDF Gen David Hurley said Defence wanted to
hear from people who felt they needed help.
"We are not necessarily built, I don't think, to see
some of the things we see, to do some of the things we
do, or experience some of the things we experience in
the ADF, so you will react and you will be different,"
Gen Hurley said.
"Don't suffer in silence. The organisation wants to
hear from you and wants to help you."
Mr Snowdon said he hoped the videos started a dis-
cussion among the current and ex-serving communities
on subjects that could be sensitive.
"Reaching out to others is not a sign of weakness,"
Mr Snowdon said.
"There are other people out there going through the
same thing you are. The message out of all this is that
help is out there, and help can make a difference."
The videos were produced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
They are available for viewing at the DVA YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/DVAAus or via the DVA Facebook page at
Videos reduce stigma
HELP AT HAND
IF YOU or a member of your family needs
help, don't hesitate to call the following
ADF Mental Health Strategy All Hours
Support Line: 1800 628 036.
Veterans' and Veterans' Families
Counselling Service: 1800 011 046.
General information about mental fitness
and resilience can be found at
Don't suffer in silence: (Above left) A series of
videos produced by the Department of Veterans'
Affairs aims to reduce the stigma around mental
health issues and encourage people to seek help.
THE Army Fair Go Hotline
will close from December 15 to
During this period, soldiers
can call the All Hours Support
Line on 1800 628 036 or Defence
Equity Advice Line on 1800 803
831.The Army Fair Go Hotline was
established to provide soldiers,
partners and families with another
way to seek information and
advice on conditions of service
and issues in the workplace.
The hotline is available to all
Army personnel regardless of
rank, however, it is preferable that
issues are raised through the chain
of command first.
Personnel are not required
to advise anyone they are using
the hotline and they can remain
anonymous. The chain of com-
mand is only advised of the call
with the express permission of
the member, unless the caller dis-
closes information the operators
are obliged to report.
If soldiers have a problem,
hotline operators can advise them
of the options available to seek
a solution, but it is not a means
to circumvent the chain of com-
mand. Normal operating hours
are 9am to 9pm AEST/AEDT
Monday to Friday (not including
Closed for Xmas
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