The mental health Lifecycle Initiatives were implemented as a 2008-09 budget measure. The goals included enhancing psychological resilience among service personnel, improving mental health surveillance, supporting successful transition from defence to civilian life, and providing effective rehabilitation and support. The purpose of the current analysis was to consider the implications of the project outcomes, as well as to examine the usefulness of the lifecycle concept for future policy and program development. This document is a discussion paper designed to raise issues for consideration. It is not intended to provide specific recommendations.
The Lifecycle Initiative outcomes were reviewed and interviews conducted with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Defence stakeholders. Key themes were identified and used to guide both a literature review and consultation with overseas military and veteran mental health experts. The material was then integrated for consideration by key DVA and Defence personnel.
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