Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit Statement – Darren Chester

“Thank you for your attendance here today (26th June 2019).
You’re here because you have expert knowledge in mental health, suicide prevention and the potential impacts of military service on individuals and their families.

Today’s an opportunity to take stock of where we are regarding mental wellbeing of veterans and serving ADF personnel… and where we want to be in the future.

This is your chance to help set the veterans’ mental health agenda for this term of the Morrison Government.

It’s an opportunity for a full and frank discussion about what is working, what isn’t working, our knowledge or research gaps… and what else we can be doing together to improve mental wellbeing.

The Prime Minister has made it clear that mental health will be a core focus of this government and he has already announced several initiatives aimed at suicide prevention and mental wellbeing in the wider community.
Every suicide is a tragedy, especially for families and loved ones left behind.
It is a sad and complex issue which costs Australia more than 3000 people each year and of particular concern to us, here today, is the estimated 30 veterans who take their own life each year.


When it comes to veteran suicide, the only acceptable number for me is zero – the only acceptable number for the Australian people is zero.
As a government we are determined to put veterans and their families first.
I’m working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Australian Defence Force leaders, ex-service organisations, medical professionals and the community to improve mental health outcomes for veterans and their families.


We are spending more than $230 million per year to improve veteran mental health and we are working with Defence to improve resilience among serving members.
There have been a number of significant inquiries, research and reports which have led to significant changes and the key question today is, what else can we do that will make a practical difference?

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling, provides support for current and ex-serving ADF 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

Comments

  1. What a lot of “cover your arse shit”.Why wasn’t I invited to tell the real story…if Chester & Friends can stand it.You all should be ashamed,these men &two men fought your dirty wars,gave their lives,you broke them & now don’t have the guts to fix them.Grow up the lot of you,don’t have your secret meetings talk to the people concerned or is this too much for you all.Put up or shut up Chester you live in a dream world……Brian Maley NM (WO2 Inf/RAAC….never Rtd…still fighting for our men’s Recognition & Entitlements)

  2. WELL SAID MATE!! THEY ALL SAT AROUND THE ROOM AND WITH PEOPLE WHO HAD NO GUTS TO TELL HIM IT WAS HIS DVA ,MOSTLY OLD WOMEN WHO DELIGHTED IN KNOCKING US BACK TO SAVE THE GOVERNMENT PAYING COMPENSATION.
    THE REAL REASON FOR MOST SUICIDES!!

  3. WINSTON PARRY says

    I GOT THIS COMMENT ON. WONDER HOW LONG BEFORE THIS PC ORGANIZATION TAKES IT OFF. THE WHOLE PROBLEM WITH AUSTRALIA. NO ONE HAS THE GUTS TO ROCK THE BOAT. I DID IT IN THE ARMY AND BY GOD I WILL CERTAINLY DO IT NOW!!!

  4. Crap talk to me when sneak into Redcliffe RSL again Chester…..I want a meeting,to tell you what you don’t know…..The TRUTH…..soldiers don’t LIE

  5. I see 2xfaces I recognise …Don my Cpl from 3/4 CAV, Chester…Scomos mate….contact me urgently for the Truth

  6. I see 2xfaces I recognise …Don my Cpl from 3/4 CAV, Chester…Scomos mate….contact me urgently for the Truth this new message

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