A royal commission has been established to investigate the “systemic issues" associated with suicide among veterans and serving Defence personnel.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has officially called a royal commission into veteran and serving Defence personnel suicide, set to examine the “systemic issues” and “common themes” surrounding confirmed and suspected suicides., while also reviewing the experiences of at-risk members and veterans.
A National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention has been tasked with supporting the commission and overseeing the implementation of prospective recommendations.
The announcement follows the passing of a motion in both houses of Parliament last month in support of the commission. This was in response to active lobbying from the families and friends of suicide victims.
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ADF members and their families can contact the Defence All-hours Support Line, a confidential telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 1800 628 036. Defence families can also contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
Safe Zone Support (1800 142 072) is also available as a free and anonymous counselling line for current and former ADF personnel and their families. The service is available 24/7 and provides access to specialised counsellors with an understanding of military culture and experience.
Defence personnel, veterans and their families can also access free and confidential counselling 24/7 through Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling Service (1800 011 046) or online at www.openarms.gov.au.