Topic: ADF Metal Health Day

Ongoing health support continues

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samuel Penfold (author)

(L-R) CPL Chris May, MAJGEN Mark Kelly (Retd) of the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, AVM Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Michael Strong, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne on the 3rd of February, 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

(L-R) CPL Chris May, MAJGEN Mark Kelly (Retd) of the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, AVM Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Michael Strong, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne on the 3rd of February, 2017.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year – one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.

Take action on World Mental Health Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014.

Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the Department of Defence is encouraging everyone to talk freely about concerns, support mechanisms and challenges with mental health.

Pausing to laugh and breathe for ADF Mental Health Day 2015

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

From left, Vanessa van Buuren, Regional Mental Health Team Coordinator, Rob McGregor - RMHT ATODS Soc Worker, Julie Ann Sykley - VVCS Psychologist, Therese Curry - VVCS Psychologist, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, Lieutenant Commander Mark Rowell, RAN, and Petty Officer Tracey Small take part in activities at the Ratty Club, Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Mental Health Week, 2015.
 (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

From left, Vanessa van Buuren, Regional Mental Health Team Coordinator, Rob McGregor - RMHT ATODS Soc Worker, Julie Ann Sykley - VVCS Psychologist, Therese Curry - VVCS Psychologist, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, Lieutenant Commander Mark Rowell, RAN, and Petty Officer Tracey Small take part in activities at the Ratty Club, Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Mental Health Week, 2015.

While working in Defence is a rewarding career, the work can place stress on the lives of its members, so it is fitting that the series of Australian Defence Force Mental Health Days held around Australia in October was marked with the theme of ‘Taking Action’.

Lifting the stigma, one step at a time

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Anna-Lise Rosendahl (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service personnel participating in the ADF Mental Health Walk, a bridge to bridge lap around Lake Burley Griffin, as part Defence Mental Health month. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service personnel participating in the ADF Mental Health Walk, a bridge to bridge lap around Lake Burley Griffin, as part Defence Mental Health month.

Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin led around 300 Defence personnel in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra on 9 October to raise awareness of mental health issues.