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Veterans armed with new tools to battle PTSD

Veterans armed with new tools to battle PTSD

24 / 04 / 2020

North Queensland veterans and their families have access to a new suite of resources helping them to identify and respond to mental health crises.

 

Operation Compass has released a user-friendly toolkit for veterans, their families and friends to #CheckYourMates.

 

“Friends and family are the first port of call for identifying when a veteran might be experiencing mental health issues such as PTSD,” Operation Compass Project Manager Ray Martin said.

 

“What we’re doing with these resources is arming the veteran community with the practical knowledge and skills to be able to recognise the early warning signs, how to respond, and where to go for help.”

 

The veteran support group enlisted Townsville-based suicide prevention trainer Ross Romeo from CORES to develop the resources which are now available www.checkyourmates.com.au

 "While the program is targeted at veterans and their families, we recognise that the veteran community doesn’t have all the answers, so that’s why it’s important that we use the expertise of organisations like CORES."

 The toolkit’s release comes a week after the latest #CheckYourMates campaign was launched, encouraging the community to reach out to their mates in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

 “The data shows us that ANZAC Day is a particularly sensitive time for our veterans who are struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues, so it’s important that we all make an extra effort at this time to look out for our mates,” Mr Martin said.

 “It’s especially important this year with the additional isolation caused by the cancellation of commemoration services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 In the past 20 years, more serving and retired Australian soldiers committed suicide than those who died on the battlefield. Operation Compass was established as a platform to drive significant community awareness, change and outcomes in suicide prevention.

 To show your support for the latest Operation Compass campaign, record a short video explaining why it’s important to #CheckYourMates this ANZAC Day and send it via direct message on the Operation Compass Facebook page by Wednesday 15 April.

 For more information, visit www.checkyourmates.com.au

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