Topic: Mental Health

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.

'Staying connected' is key to building good mental health

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Debra Holland (author)

ADF Mental Health Day 'Staying Connected' video. (photo: N/A)

ADF Mental Health Day 'Staying Connected' video.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has called on all Navy members to “look out for each other and themselves” on ADF Mental Health Day 10 October.

HMAS Harman focuses on welfare and wellbeing

Published on by WO Graeme Gibney (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Joint Health Command Psychologist Liz O'Neill speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues.

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation.

Sirius supports Beyond Blue

Published on by LEUT Mark Taylor (author), LEUT Timothy Milas (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Russell and Leading Seaman Daniel Taylor present a $2000 donation from HMAS Sirius to Susan Anderson from Beyond Blue. (photo: LEUT Timothy Milas)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Russell and Leading Seaman Daniel Taylor present a $2000 donation from HMAS Sirius to Susan Anderson from Beyond Blue.

HMAS Sirius hosted a representative from Beyond Blue and the mental health staff from HMAS Stirling onboard in April, to donate a fundraising cheque for $2000 dollars, share a BBQ and have a general meet and greet.