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December 6, 2012
A NEW series of online videos aims to bring more
awareness of the mental health issues faced by cur-
rent and former members of the ADF.
Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon launched the videos on November 20 and
said they offered an insight into the experiences of vet-
erans and current soldiers, sailors, airmen and women,
and their families after deployment.
"The pace of military operations has increased con-
siderably over the past decade and we have seen some
of the impact of this increase, along with the multiple
deployments some members of the ADF undertake,"
"This impact is not only felt by those who served,
but also their family and friends."
The series of videos feature current servicemen and
women, veterans and family members, including an
Afghan war widow, sharing their experiences in deal-
ing with issues from depression through to anxiety and
CPO Dean Faunt is featured in the videos, after he
was in charge of a nine-man team that was on board
the suspected irregular entry vessel SIEV 36 when it
blew up near Ashmore Island in April 2009.
"When you're getting stuff pointed at you all day
and then you get home and you actually sit down and
recollect what happened over there and it sort of sets
in, you start having dreams and god knows what else,"
CPO Faunt was awarded a Gold Group
Commendation with his mates from the Armidale-class
patrol boat crew Ardent Four.
CDF GEN David Hurley said Defence wanted to
hear from people who felt they needed help.
"We are not necessarily built, I don't think, to see
some of the things we see, to do some of the things we
do, or experience some of the things we experience in
the ADF, so you will react and you will be different,"
GEN Hurley said.
"Don't suffer in silence. The organisation wants to
hear from you and wants to help you."
Mr Snowdon said he hoped the videos started a dis-
cussion among the current and ex-serving communities
on subjects that could be sensitive.
"Reaching out to others is not a sign of weakness,"
Mr Snowdon said.
"There are other people out there going through the
same thing you are. The message out of all this is that
help is out there, and help can make a difference."
The videos were produced by the Department of Veterans
Affairs. They are available for viewing at the DVA YouTube
channel at www.youtube.com/DVAAus or via the DVA
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DVAAUS
help is OK
DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE: A series of videos
aims to reduce the stigma around mental health
issues and encourage people to seek help.
LCDR Chloe Wootten
SIXTY--TWO naval officers
graduated from initial train-
ing during a formal passing out
parade for New Entry Officer
Course 47 at the Royal Australian
N aval College at HMAS
CDF GEN David Hurley
reviewed the parade on
November 28, which was the cul-
mination of 21 weeks' training in
leadership, communication and
For the 11 women and 51 men
"passing out", it was a chance
to share their achievements with
friends and family before pro-
ceeding to specialist training.
CO Creswell CAPT Brett
Chandler said it was an important
milestone for the individuals and
"These officers are future
professional mariners, aviators,
engineers, logisticians, chaplains
and instructors. They are the lead-
ers for the Navy in the years to
come," he said.
"The decision-making, com-
munication and leadership skills
they have learnt at Creswell will
provide a basis for their ongo-
ing development as officers in the
Creswell, situated on the
shores of Jervis Bay, was first
used for naval officer training
almost a century ago.
Graduate MIDN Hugh
Clifford said the traditions of dis-
cipline, teamwork and leadership
were as necessary in today's mod-
ern Navy as they were then.
"Elements of officer training
were tough but being able to push
through together is what it's all
about," he said.
"I am looking forward to
being a part of the Navy's future."
New Entry Officers Courses
are run twice annually, training up
to 200 officers each year.
Best foot forward
ON SHOW: The guard perform the march past during the passing out parade of New Entry Officer Course 47 at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
HELP AT HAND
IF YOU or a member of your family needs help, don't
hesitate to call the following helplines:
ADF Mental Health Strategy All Hours Support
Line: 1800 628 036.
Veterans' and Veterans' Families Counselling
Service: 1800 011 046.
General information about mental fitness and resil-
ience can be found at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au
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