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Senate Inquiry into Veterans’ mental health begins tomorrow

Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson will be attending the first public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into Veterans’ mental health tomorrow in Canberra.

Senator Whish-Wilson established the Inquiry following shocking revelations about the prevalence of mental illness, suicide and substance abuse amongst our defence force personnel returning from deployments and other service.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This Inquiry is a constructive effort by the Senate to better understand the challenges faced by returning service personnel and investigate whether enough is being done to support them.

“The Inquiry has received 68 high quality submissions and tomorrow we will hear from organisations such as the Returned & Services League of Australia, Soldier On, Beyond Blue and the Australian Psychological Society.

“Some of the issues that are emerging include the lack of population-wide mental health statistics for returned service personnel and no clear understanding of the number of veterans with mental illnesses who are living rough on the streets or dying by suicide,” he concluded.

What: Public hearing. Senate Inquiry into Mental health of ADF serving personnel.
Where: Committee Room 2S1 Parliament House, Canberra
When: 9AM Monday 31 August 2015
Link to hearing agenda and relevant submissions here.

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