RSL National has welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to improving mental health services for veterans.
RSL National President Rod White said mental health issues continued to have a significant impact on thousands of current and ex-serving Defence personnel.
“We are pleased to see the Federal Government take positive steps towards increasing the quantity and quality of mental health services being provided,” Mr White said.
“In our discussions with the Government, we have stressed the need for a proactive and collective focus on ensuring our veterans get the crucial emotional and physical support they need at an early stage – well before they transition out of service and run the risk of feeling isolated or disenfranchised.
“While the Prime Minister has acknowledged the good work the RSL is doing in this area, by collaborating with government, other ex-service organisations and medical professionals, we will be able to do so much more for the current generation of veterans and their families.”
He encouraged veterans who were struggling with mental health issues to reach out to RSL’s strong ex-service community.
“If you don’t know where to turn, turn to us. We can help you get the help you need,” he said.
“The RSL has an enormous reach across the country, which has allowed us to provide comprehensive support services to Australia’s veterans for 100 years.”
Find the media release here; Government Action on Veteran Suicides