Government encourages veterans to speak out
The Government launches a campaign for recent veterans to discuss mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.PT2M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-29osf 620 349 November 21, 2012
MORE than a decade of Australian involvement in overseas conflicts might have sparked a hidden epidemic of mental illness among members of the military, Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon has said.
Launching a campaign to encourage current and former service people to seek help for mental health problems, Mr Snowdon said about 50,000 Australians had served in the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan over the past 10 years.
The campaign, ''Bringing Awareness to Invisible Wounds'', consists of short videos on YouTube and will be distributed to Australian Defence Force personnel. ''The problem I think we've got is that there may be a large number of people with a hidden illness and we've got to say to them, 'It's OK to be crook'.''
An estimated one in two Vietnam veterans developed post-traumatic stress disorder. It was too early to assess the effect on Afghanistan veterans.