They’re lift­ing the lid on PTSD

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - At Kialla Pace­way on Jan­uary 14 were (Back row) Shep­par­ton Ro­tary’s Bar­rie Hal­l­i­day; He­len Mathieson and Mark Som­mers, Tatura RSL; Mal­colm Watt, Shep­par­ton Cen­tral Ro­tary Club; (front row) Diane Grant, Nagam­bie RSL; Rob Mathieson, Tatura RSL; April Mathie

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).

—Diane Grant

Sup­port­ing ‘Lift the Lid on Men­tal Illness’:

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