STAY STRONG: Looking after the mental health of veterans is the priority for Veterans’ Health Week.
STAY STRONG: Looking after the mental health of veterans is the priority for Veterans’ Health Week.

Mental health the key for our veterans

SERVICE in the Australian Defence Force is overwhelmingly good for the individual, good for the community and in the national interest.

But some people are impacted by that service.

At any age good mental health is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing, and plays a key role in being able to overcome life’s challenges.

Mental health is everyone’s business — families, friends, employers, community organisations, governments and the ex-service community.

Veterans’ Health Week, held from October 26 to November 3, recognises the importance of good mental health and raises awareness for key areas of health and wellbeing in our veteran and current serving community.

Funding has been granted to support ex-service and community organisations across Australia to host Veterans’ Health Week events that are focused on increasing mental wellness, providing a perfect opportunity to engage with support networks, meet like-minded people and learn more about mental health.

All Australians have a part to play in supporting good mental health and during Veterans’ Health Week veterans and their families are encouraged to contact their local ex-service organisation and find out how they can get involved in local events.

For more information, resources and to find events near you visit the Veterans’ Health Week page (www.dva.gov.au/vhw).

For those in need, Open Arms — Veterans & Family Counselling Service can be contacted on 1800 011 046.