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Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Reporting

The Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney and upcoming Remembrance Day and Centenary of Armistice commemorations are expected to increase media coverage about veterans.

Reporting on issues such as mental health challenges and suicide rates amongst the veteran community can cause distress to veterans, serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) requests that Australian media use sensitivity when reporting on the mental health of serving and ex-serving ADF members and include contact details for veteran specific support channels.

Open Arms: 1800 011 046 and

Including this phone number and website in the relevant reporting will help ensure that serving ADF members, veterans and their families are aware of the support available.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) was recently relaunched as Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling after consultation with veterans and veterans’ groups. Open Arms logo design files are available on request from DVA Media.

Open Arms is a national mental health service that provides free, confidential counselling and support to former and currently serving ADF members and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DVA spends close to $200 million annually on supporting the mental health needs of veterans and their families and provides free mental health treatment, regardless of whether it’s service-related, after one day of full-time service.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:  DVA Media - 02 6289 6466 -

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