Topic: ADF Mental Health Day

Stepping towards better mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Canberra based ADF and APS staff and their families participate in the Defence Mental Health Day Bridge-to-Bridge Walk held around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.  (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Canberra based ADF and APS staff and their families participate in the Defence Mental Health Day Bridge-to-Bridge Walk held around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

Navy personnel have stepped out in Canberra as part of a group of around 300 Defence personnel showing support to raise awareness of mental health issues.

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.

Navy members looking out for each other and themselves

Published on by Mrs Sara Tennant (author), Ms Elise Willamson (photographer)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards. (photo: Elise Willamson)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards.

As Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett called on all Navy members to “look out for each other and themselves” on ADF Mental Health Day, Navy Reservist and mental health professional, Commander Steve Dunning has reminded members of the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability - its people, during a recent workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.

'Staying connected' is key to building good mental health

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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.