Here in our garrison city, we have so many soldiers we know are strong. But sometimes, they are struggling more than we know.

If you know someone or are personally battling with mental health and the repercussions of going to war please speak up and get assistance, get help, get support. The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides a 24hr  assistance service. Their number within Australia: 1800 011 046 (free & confidential service).

This service supports veterans and ex-service communities and families affected by mental health conditions caused by war and service related military operations. It’s not just a service for Vietnam veterans. They can help with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

The VVCS website lists some of the signs and symptoms of a developing mental illness to watch for which can include sudden feelings of anger or aggression, misuse of substance, social withdrawal or disturbed sleep. It is strongly recommended that if you are noticing these changes or signs, then please seek help now. Getting help immediately  can prevent the development of a mental illness.

 Visit the VVCS website for a calendar of workshops across the country.

Click HERE to view the calendar. 

One of the upcoming programs in Townsville next month is: Mastering Anxiety in TSV on 13–14 Sept (2 day workshop). Again call 1800 011 046 for assistance.

Another service is “Solider On” which also holds reintegration and recovery programs they have center’s in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Please view the Solider On Website HERE. (www.soldieron.org.au)

Another service is Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Please visit their website to see their services including publications, fact sheets, online rehabilitation course. 

“DVA provides rehabilitation assistance to entitled serving and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, reservists and cadets.” – DVA website

Please see links below for further information:

http://www.dva.gov.au/ 

http://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/rehabilitation

DVA: Contact Us

General Enquiries133 254

Regional Callers: 1800 555 254

Email: generalenquiries@dva.gov.au

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service: 1800 011 046

Click HERE  to read some of the rehabilitation success stories.