Australian War Widows NSW welcomes any inquiry that examines the causes, issues and systems that impact upon veterans and their families.
With the rate of veteran suicide more than twice the national average, and even higher for female veterans, it is important that critical lessons are learned and applied in a coordinated effort.
The matter of veteran suicide is complex and one that involves all segments of the veteran support ecosystem. All organisations, government and non-government, have a role to play in reducing the instances of suicide and in equipping veterans and their families with the skills that they need to manage their mental health, the impacts of trauma and Service.
The impacts of both suicide and ill mental health on veteran’s families are significant. We must do all we can to support them to limit the instances and effects of suicide, and mental illness on the whole family unit.
AWW NSW will continue to advocate for the needs of all women and families of veterans connected to defence service. We provide a voice for our members and ensure their views are represented across all policy domains that impact them.
To all members of the veteran community, it is important for you to know that you are not alone, you are worthy of support and assistance, we are here for you now and into the future.
If you, or someone you know needs help, contact:
- Triple zero if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else – 000
- Open Arms – 1800 011 046
- SafeZone Support – 1800 142 072
- ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line – 1800 628 036
- 1800RESPECT, National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia –1300 789 978
- Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
- ReachOut – au.reachout.com
Enquiries to be directed to Renee Wilson, Chief Executive Officer Australian War Widows NSW Ph: 02 9267 6577.