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Defence to launch new strategy for mental health and wellbeing

2017 08 28 SupportA new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Australian Defence Force personnel is due for release in October this year.

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart is Commander of Joint Health and said that it was important that people seek help as early as possible for any mental health concerns they may have. 

"Defence has a wide range of mental health services available for current ADF members," said Smart.

"For anyone who has served a single day in the ADF they can now access unlimited mental health services for any mental health condition through the non-liability health care arrangements with Department of Veterans Affairs."

In June, a report conducted by the Australian Institute of Health was released into the rate of suicide in the Defence, and found the rate of suicide was less prevalent from current and former members when compared against all Australian men.

However, the study also identified that former members might be more vulnerable after leaving the service, with suicide rates in ex-serving men aged between 18 and 29 being twice as high when compared to Australian men of the same age.

Support is available

If you or someone you know is troubled by toughts of suicide of self-harm, you can seek help now - in an emergency call 000

You can also speak to your chain of command, a mental health professional, chaplain or your local Defence health facility

The All Hours support line (1800 628 036 / +61 2 9425 3878) is available 24 hours.

The Defence Family Helpline (1800 624 608) is available 24 hours for Defence members and their families.

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