Get involved in Veterans’ Health Week

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Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) is a major annual event on the veterans’ calendar that many in the community look forward to. This year, VHW will be held during 8–15 October with the theme Mental Wellness Matters.

VHW shines a spotlight on the importance of health and wellbeing, and encourages veterans and families to get involved in events and activities in their local communities.

DVA provides funding to eligible ex-service organisations and community groups to deliver fun and engaging events to their local Defence and veteran communities right across the country. With the help of these events, VHW aims to improve health and wellness outcomes by increasing awareness of issues that are commonly experienced by the veteran community, connecting them to health literacy information, programs and support.

Events and activities held in VHW 2023 will help to equip veterans and families with the skills to better cope with the daily stresses of life, keep on top of their mental health, and make meaningful connections and contributions to community.

VHW events and activities will include yoga, golf, walking and running clubs, watersports, coffee catch ups and more. They will support veterans to learn how they can make and instill healthy lifestyle choices as part of their daily lives to improve their mental wellness now and in the future.

Learning how to access support and taking proactive steps to improve mental wellness is particularly important for veterans and all those in the veteran community who are exposed to, and experience, higher levels of trauma and mental ill heath than those in the general population.

More information, including on how to register for events, is available on the DVA website.