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October 11, 2012
IT IS estimated that one in five ADF
members will have experienced a
mental health disorder in the past 12
months. In recognising the importance
of this, the ADF will hold its inaugural
ADF Mental Health Day on October 10.
Coinciding with World Mental Health
Day, it aims to promote open discus-
sion of mental health issues and educate
members to better recognise and under-
stand the symptoms.
Director General Mental Health
Psychology and Rehabilitation David
Morton said the ADF wanted to highlight
to its members that mental health was an
important issue and one worth discussing.
"It's an excellent opportunity for the
ADF to promote mental fitness, health
and wellbeing," he said.
"We're trying to reduce the stigma
and barriers that reside around mental
Research conducted in 2010 by the
ADF indicated that 54.1 per cent of ADF
members experience mental health issues
at some stage in their lifetime.
The research also found no significant
relationship between operational service
and the rising number of post-traumatic
stress disorder cases.
Mr Morton said there was good evi-
dence that mental health conditions
could often be treated successfully, even
more so if people acted early.
"To minimise the impact on careers,
families, social lives and general wellbe-
ing, ADF members must improve their
awareness of mental health issues," he
In support of World Mental Health Day, CPL
Nick Wiseman talks to the Director General
Mental Health Psychology and Rehabilitation
about how the ADF supports members with
mental health issues.
''-- Director General Mental
Health Psychology and
Rehabilitation David Morton
We're trying to
reduce the stigma
and barriers that
"They must understand ways to main-
tain good mental health, be willing to
seek advice, and actively support those
who are seeking help with mental health
Regional areas are scheduled to con-
duct activities to tie in with ADF Mental
Health Day and the new ADF Mental
Health Plan will be released on the day.
Mr Morton said mental health issues
could affect anyone.
"It is important that we are aware of
the signs so that we are able to recognise
them in ourselves and in our mates, and
to know what action to take," he said.
"The earlier you do something about
it the better your chances of recovering."
For more information on mental health visit
Be aware of threats
Build in protections
Watch out for signs of trouble
Consider the impact on your family
Get help when you need it
Remember -- no one does it alone
More than 50
per cent of ADF
health issues in
Photo: CPL Mark Doran
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