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Sharing Stories Breaks Down Barriers

Sharing Stories Breaks Down Barriers

03 / 12 / 2019

Operation Compass  Project Officer, Leith Milton, says sharing personal stories of everyday people is vital in giving others the confidence to reach out.

“I am extremely grateful to the people who have given us permission to share their stories through the Check Your Mates campaign,” said Mr Milton.  “It is difficult, it is confronting and it takes real courage to speak out and share personal hardships such as mental health challenges. However, we know that it is through sharing, yarning and connecting with others that we will reduce our confronting suicide statistics and improve wellbeing.”

“Have a look at our Check Your Mates website to see some videos of people sharing their stories and find out more about this powerful campaign. As a garrison city, this issue needs a whole-of-community response in order to build a mentally healthy community.”

The Check Your Mates campaign is an outcome of the Operation Compass project - the ex-ADF and Families Suicide Prevention Project, based in Townsville. Operation Compass is one of 12 National Suicide Prevention trial sites funded by the Commonwealth Government. It is the only project focused exclusively on veterans of the ADF and their families. The project is coordinated through the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.

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