Groups’ joint focus on stress disorder

OPENING UP: Supporting “Lift the Lid on Mental Illness” at the Kialla Paceway on Saturday were (back row) Shepparton Rotary’s Barrie Halliday, Helen Mathieson Tatura RSL, Mark Sommers Tatura RSL, Malcolm Watt Shepparton Central Rotary Club; (front) Diane Grant Nagambie RSL, Rob Mathieson Tatura RSL, April Mathieson Shepparton Rotary, Coral Sommers Tatura RSL and Ian Watt Shepparton Rotary Club member.

LAST year the Victorian RSL headquarters and Rotary Clubs across Victoria decided to form some 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, Brigadier Mike Annett, CSC, State Secretary of the Victorian RSL, having 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 in 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.

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