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Government needs to act to stop more veterans’ suicides

Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the government to act on the recommendations of the recent Senate inquiry initiated by the Greens into veterans’ mental health in light of reports that another veteran who was administered mefloquine has committed suicide after a long history of mental illness.

Senator Whish-Wilson extended his condolences to the friends and family of Chris Stiles, a veteran of East Timor.

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Senate urges Government to act on Veterans' suicide rates

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Defence and Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, welcomed the release today of the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee’s report into the mental health of ADF veterans.

Senator Whish-Wilson initiated the inquiry in 2015 on the back of concerns about the rate of mental health problems among veterans, including the rates of suicide and the extent of homelessness.

The report shows that the rate of suicidality—thinking of suicide or making a plan—is nearly three times higher among veterans than it is in the general population.

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Hearing into Veterans' mental health hosted at Homes for Heroes, Narrabeen

Today Greens spokesperson for Veterans' Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson attended the fourth public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into Veterans' mental health in Narrabeen Sydney.

The Homes for Heroes program from RSL Lifecare provided the backdrop and Geoff Evans, director of the program and a veteran himself who featured heavily in the related Four Corners episode, provided evidence to the hearing.

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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.

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Veterans Deserve Better

The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provided the following comments on the ABC’s Four Corners episode, “Bringing the War Home,” by Quentin McDermott and Mary Fallon into the lack of support for returning veterans.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “We send these men and women off to fight wars on our behalf and yet we don’t do enough to help them cope with the horrors they faced during their service once they return.

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Take an extra minute this Remembrance Day

The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has backed the call by Soldier On for everyone to observe an extra minutes silence tomorrow on Remembrance Day to honour those soldiers who have been severely affected by their service, and those who have been lost to suicide.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Traditionally, Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on those who lost their lives on the battlefield, particularly from wars long past. This is, and will always be, a key aspect of this day.

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