They’re lifting the lid on PTSD
Last year the Victorian RSL headquarters and Rotary Clubs across Victoria decided to form district groups to try and combat the problem of those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The project is supported by the Australian Army, Australian Rotary Health and the Returned Services League Australia wide.
In August, at a Region 9 RSL meeting Victorian RSL State Secretary, Brigadier Mike Annett (who just returned from being deployed in Afghanistan for a year) spoke about this problem not just with military personnel but also with civilians.
He gave advice to the current RSL Sub-branch representatives to welcome new members, especially those current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have returned from overseas service in Iraq and Afghanistan and those at home who serve their country every day.
He also encouraged those RSL Sub-branches that had a Rotary Club nearby to get together and fundraise for the PTSD medical research project that has been established by RSLs and Rotary Clubs over the past year.
On Saturday, January 14, members of the Nagambie, Tatura and Shepparton RSL sub-branches, and the Rotary Clubs of Shepparton and Central Shepparton, gathered together at the Kialla Paceway for the Shepparton Harness Racing Club’s Gold Cup meeting.
The RSL and Rotary members were in a marquee that displayed the Australian Rotary Health and Rotary Districts of Australia and National RSL logo for the project ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’.
Nagambie does not have a Rotary Club, but the RSL is willing to support the region 9 RSL’s and Rotary Club’s fundraising efforts towards this worthwhile project.
Local RSL/Rotary representative is Gordon Hastie, Secretary of the Region 9 RSL committee. If any group or person would like to donate to the cause, phone Gordon (Broadford RSL) on 5784 1912 or 0438 588 230, or RSL region 9 chairman Peter McPhee on 5820 4100, 0488 707 307 (Shepparton RSL).
Supporting ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’: