Put an end to sham­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I BE­CAME quite an­noyed read­ing Ly­dia Kellner’s ar­ti­cle in Satur­day’s Bul­letin. Is the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment ashamed of its clients? Is men­tal health a taboo sub­ject?

It seems that any­one who has, or ad­mits to hav­ing, a men­tal health prob­lem is deemed to be “let­ting the side down” and does not de­serve to be recog­nised as a mem­ber of the de­fence forces, let alone helped! Good luck to An­gus Sim and his Vet­er­ans Re­port Card sur­vey.

Hope­fully it may go some way to­wards chang­ing en­trenched opin­ions and be­hav­iours about suf­fer­ers of PTSD. It’s about time.



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