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Australia Veteran suicide rate 'disgraceful' as soldiers 'do what we aren't brave enough to do'

15:15  06 november  2019
15:15  06 november  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

Push to get wellbeing counsellors into schools as mental health bill costs Australia billions

  Push to get wellbeing counsellors into schools as mental health bill costs Australia billions Schools should employ "mental health and wellbeing" counsellors for children, according to a billion-dollar proposal put forward by the Federal Government's key economic advisory body.The idea is just one of many contained in the latest Productivity Commission report, which warns mental illness and suicide is costing the country an estimated $500 million per day.

The suicide rate in the military used to be lower than the population at large. But in the years following the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, service Despite those results, the Army has not sought to replicate Pittard’s reforms, for reasons that appear to have much to do with a divide over how best

"Somebody shouted, 'What are you doing ?' And that was enough to snap me out of the trance. Younger veterans have the highest rate of suicide among veterans , but those 55 and older still The VA emphasizes getting potentially suicidal veterans in the door, where health-care workers deploy a

The Adelaide Advertiser’s Caleb Bond says the suicide rate for veterans is “disgraceful” given soldiers do what “a lot of us are not brave enough to do”.

Mr Bond's comment come after five mothers of veterans who committed suicide met Scott Morrison and spoke at the Daily Telegraph's Save Our Heroes Summit to urge the government to initiate a royal commission to investigate the matter.

“To think that they come back and they feel so hopeless, they feel so disconnected, that the only option they have left is to kill themselves,” Mr Bond said.

“We need to come up with a solution," he said. “There should not be a single veteran who comes back who is unsupported... they should be treated like heroes".

6PR’s Oliver Peterson says the rate is “not acceptable in a country like ours”.

“I hope that the government presses ahead with a royal commission as early as tomorrow,” he said.

Lost, Not Forgotten: Stories from children failed by the child protection system .
By age 12, Jane had seen her mother try to kill herself. By 13, Jack had seen his father choke a woman for so long she blacked out. Both children attempted suicide after falling through gaping holes in the child protection system.That is how Victoria's Children's Commissioner describes the 35 children that she and her team came across as they worked through case notes to produce a damning report into children who took their own lives in Victoria.

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