Suicide RC publishes “book of lived experiences”

Minister for Defence Richard Marles said today that the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide “has delivered a report outlining the experiences of Defence personnel, veterans and families”.

“The Royal Commission has collated submissions from individuals detailing experiences over a number of decades,” Mr Marles [sort of*] said.

“We thank all of those who have shared and had to re-live their often distressing experiences with the Royal Commission – this took great courage and the outcomes for the Defence and veteran community will be better for it.

“The government is committed to implementing recommendations, strengthening the support for the mental health and wellbeing of our serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

“Ensuring that those who pursue a career in the Australian Defence Force have a safe and inclusive workplace and are supported from the time they join, through transition, and after service, is a priority for the government.

“We look forward to receiving the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s final report by 9 September 2024.”

All serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families should know that if they need support they can contact Open Arms for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 1800 011 046.

 

*EDITOR’S NOTE: The above story is heavily edited from what must surely rank as one of the worst-written and error-riddled press releases ever received by CONTACT.
A key error is that there was no ‘report’ delivered today, but a book “shining a light on the deeply personal experiences of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members, and their loved ones, who have been touched by military suicide and suicidal behaviour, as shared with the Royal Commission.
A digital copy of
‘Shining A Light: Stories of Trauma & Tragedy, Hope & Healing’ can be downloaded, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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