Topic: Mental Health

Brave sailor shares story of her struggle

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), University of SA (photographer), PLTOFF Aaron Curran (photographer)

LS Vanessa Broughill is put through her paces at the University of South Australia in preparation for the 2018 Invictus Games. Supporting her efforts are University of South Australia students Joel Dunstan who is studying Exercise Science and Eliza Gray who is studying Clinical Exercise Physiology. (photo: University of SA)

LS Vanessa Broughill is put through her paces at the University of South Australia in preparation for the 2018 Invictus Games. Supporting her efforts are University of South Australia students Joel Dunstan who is studying Exercise Science and Eliza Gray who is studying Clinical Exercise Physiology.

It was during one of the long commutes home from work at Joint Operations Command that Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill figured out she had a problem.

Seeking assistance key to lifting stigma

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at the launch of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at the launch of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day.

Dispelling the stigma attached to mental health concerns is one of the key aims of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 recently released in Canberra.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increasingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a ‘howl’ of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.

Rankin team treks for health

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOCISSM Anthony O’Riley (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, right, and organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulmun Track, near the Mundaring Weir Hotel, WA. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, right, and organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulmun Track, near the Mundaring Weir Hotel, WA.

The submariners in HMAS Rankin have completed a month-long adventure training exercise that took them from Kalamunda to Albany, in Western Australia, and also raised money for a very worthy cause.

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. 

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.

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’.

Taking Command of mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), LCPL Evan Moore (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Commander Doug Griffith, RAN, competing in the cycling leg of an Ironman event. (photo: )

Commander Doug Griffith, RAN, competing in the cycling leg of an Ironman event.

After seven months in Kabul witnessing some of the worst of humanity, Executive Officer Undergraduates at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Commander Doug Griffiths returned to Australia mentally tired, somewhat jaded and a bit disenchanted.

Newcastle stays connected with mental health

Published on by MIDN Samuel Hicks (author and photographer)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War. (photo: MIDN Samuel Hicks)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War.

HMAS Newcastle’s recent visit to HMAS Stirling was an opportunity for ship's company to discuss the importance of good mental health to maintain the ability to fight and win at sea on a dedicated Mental Health Day.