Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Mental health support on the mind

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), Unknown (photographer)

South Australia's Trojan's trek (photo: Unknown)

South Australia's Trojan's trek

For HMAS Creswell’s Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Amy Vickers supporting her teammates is an integral part of her job, but a recent experience has given her an opportunity to reflect on how far Navy has come in supporting those with stress-related illnesses. 

Kuttabul focuses on fitness

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author)

HMAS Kuttabul teams give their all during the dragon boat tug-of- war challenge at Garden Island Boat Pound - just one of the many new activities designed to improve fitness and resilience among Royal Australian Navy personnel. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Kuttabul teams give their all during the dragon boat tug-of- war challenge at Garden Island Boat Pound - just one of the many new activities designed to improve fitness and resilience among Royal Australian Navy personnel.

HMAS Kuttabul is driving a team sport and physical fitness focus with the introduction of dragon boating, gladiator games, sea kayaking and lunch-time fitness classes at the Sydney Navy base.

Choules a cut above the rest

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Zebedee Learoyd evades being tackled during the 2016 Patron's Cup, held at Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Sub Lieutenant Zebedee Learoyd evades being tackled during the 2016 Patron's Cup, held at Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club, Sydney.

HMAS Choules outclassed a swag of other Navy sides to win the annual Patrons Cup Rugby League Competition in late July at Cronulla Sharks League Club in Sydney.

Praying for those who serve

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABEWSM Brett Cogdon (author and photographer)

Chaplain Stephen Hutchison recites the RAAF prayer with Chaplain Grant Ludlow (right) and Commander Gavin Reeves during the National Day of Prayer for Defence at Chapel of Saint Paul on HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: ABEWSM Brett Cogdon)

Chaplain Stephen Hutchison recites the RAAF prayer with Chaplain Grant Ludlow (right) and Commander Gavin Reeves during the National Day of Prayer for Defence at Chapel of Saint Paul on HMAS Stirling, WA.

It is said that there are no atheists in fox holes, but for many Navy members their spiritual side can be neglected in the pace of service life. That said for the National Day of Prayer for Defence, some Navy Chaplains joined forces to pray for Defence members and their families as a reminder to acknowledge the sacrifices service can require.

Thinking together for life changes

Published on by Mrs Emily Thomas (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Warrant Officer Shane Rossetto and wife Una at the Base Administration Centre, HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Warrant Officer Shane Rossetto and wife Una at the Base Administration Centre, HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Warrant Officer Shane Rosetto and his wife, Una, believe the transition back to civilian life is a family affair, and with that in mind they have both already attended an Australian Defence Force Transition Seminar in Nowra, New South Wales.

Pledges for better mental health

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, was among many Defence personnel to mark Defence Mental Health Month by leading by example and making a public personal mental health promise. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, was among many Defence personnel to mark Defence Mental Health Month by leading by example and making a public personal mental health promise.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, was among many Defence personnel to mark Defence Mental Health Month by leading by example and making a public personal mental health promise.

Resilience resource a SMART move

Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Unknown (photographer)

The High Res website at http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres. (photo: )

The High Res website at http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres.

Military service can contribute to significant change, upheaval and tension in the lives of serving members and their families, and it’s vital that members of the service community have the information and resources to assist with day-to-day management of these stressors.

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)

L-R: 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)

L-R: 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.