NQ Connect: Operation Compass provides a free phone and online counselling service for veterans, Defence members and their families living and working in the Townsville region.
We recognise that many current serving and ex-Defence members are reluctant to talk about how their experiences affect their mental health. A common belief is that talking about it is perceived as a sign of weakness.
The videos below are of veterans telling their stories. Their experience did affect their mental health, and the common thread is that they all found that talking about it helped.
Depression, anxiety and PTSD are not new among veterans. What’s changed is how it’s recognised and managed. Their message is clear: talking about it is not a sign of weakness and may actually help you feel better.
It’s for veterans, Defence members and their families
Call 1300 059 625 if you’re stressed, worried, or just need to talk about things like:
Lachlan Manning enlisted in the Australian Army in 2002. He was diagnosed with PTSD and depression in 2010, six months after returning from a tour of Afghanistan. He was medically discharged in 2012.
Alexandra Redlich was a Corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force. She completed her training in 2009 and was first deployed in 2010 on Operation Pakistan Assist II. She was discharged and became a reservist in 2016. Alex has been diagnosed with PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Col Hamley is a WWII veteran and ex-POW. He saw action in Syria and the Middle East before his unit was diverted to Java in 1942. Ordered to surrender, Col survived more than three years in Japanese captivity, including a significant period as a forced labourer on the Burma Railway.
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NQ Connect provides a free counselling and support service for current serving and ex-ADF members and their families living and working in northern Queensland. The service is presented by Operation Compass.
Call 1300 059 625 for a private and entirely non-judgemental talk with a professional counsellor. Alternatively, you can opt for web chat. Scroll down to access more mental health resources and self-help tools.
An online list of health services and facilities available to veterans and former Defence personnel.Learn More
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A self-administered test to help you determine to what extent you’ve recently been experiencing depression or anxiety.Learn More