The holiday period is a time of celebration for most Australians. However, it is important to remember that for veterans and their families it can be a challenging period as they are reminded of what has been lost, of those who didn’t make it back home from services overseas, and of those who are continuing to service far from their families and loved ones.
In an already challenging period for veterans, the recent release of the war crimes inquiry report can cause distress amongst veterans and their families and consequently impact mental health. We understand that it is a very difficult and distressing time for those impacted by the release of the report.
If you are finding the holiday season lonely or particularly challenging, below are some steps to help you remain connected during this time.
- Reach out to your friends and family. Start a conversation and organise Christmas get-togethers – whether that be at home, at a café or your local park.
- Use social media to stay in touch virtually. Schedule time to video chat with friends and family that you are unable to see face-to-face.
- Get outside and do some physical activity. Go for a walk with friends, spend a day at the beach or join a group fitness class.
- Reach out and ask for help. It is important to ask for help when you need it, below are some support resources.
Rehab Management is here to support you over the holiday period.
Our services include medical management and psychological support including engagement in civilian community groups, and vocational services to support veterans to develop career goals and transition to civilian life post medical discharge and their defence career. Our rehabilitation consultants work diligently to ensure our veterans are linked in with an appropriate support network during the Christmas holidays. Our approach is holistic, client centred and friendly to ensure the best outcomes for our clients.
“I’ve felt very supported by my rehab consultant and I appreciate the time she takes to stay in touch across my needs.” – Veteran
If you or anyone you know requires any further support over the holiday period, the following services are available 24 hours:
Open Arms: 1800 011 046 or visit openarms.gov.au
Mental Health Service: 1300 64 2255
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
We wish all members of the veteran and Defence community and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year