Input sought for veteran mental health strategy
Public consultation has opened for the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs wants people to have their say on how to develop the plan.
Veterans, their families, and the broader ex-service community are being asked to help shape the strategy and action plan.
Medical professionals should encourage concerned patients to have input.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is encouraging those in the community to have their say and provide their ideas on how the Government can improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing.
“This Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first, and a crucial part of this is listening to their views, their experiences and considering their solutions to promote positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes,” Mr Chester said.
People will be able to contribute to the topic through an online survey or by providing a written submission.
“The Prime Minister has made mental health one of his highest priorities and I am committed to driving new efforts to improve mental health for veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.
“One of the initiatives I have been working on is providing assistance dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. This is the first time the Federal Government has provided financial backing to a trial of this nature and something that I am proud to support.”
The Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan was determined as a priority as part of the of the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit the Minister convened in June this year.
To help provide informed feedback for the online survey, an environmental scan of mental health reform in Australia has been published, which highlights developments in mental health policy across Australia over the past six years.
To view the scan, complete the online survey, or provide a written submission, visit: www.dva.gov.au/nap2019
The Department’s online wellbeing portal AT-Ease.dva.gov.au also provides veterans and their families with information, resources and links to services for support with mental health and wellbeing.
Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling, provides support for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au
Published: 27 Sep 2019