09 October 2009

Aussie VA supports World Mental Health Day by making services available for veteran community

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, Minister for Veterans Affairs Alan Griffin (ALP, Bruce, VIC) encouraged members of the veteran community to seek appropriate help for mental issues.

"Some veterans and their family members experience mental health problems as a result of their service. I urge any veteran or veterans' family member who wants more information about improving their mental health to contact the Veterans and Veterans Families Counseling Service on 1800 011 046," said Griffin.

"Even if you are dealing with my Department on compensation or other matters, don't wait to address your mental health issues. VVCS is free, confidential and responsive service that can provide you with the support you need when you need it most." "Almost 50,000 veterans have a mental illness such as PTSD and related conditions is very close to the hearts of those in the ex-service community," Griffin said.

For further information Griffin's press release can be found here.

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