Category Archive: News Articles

Jun 18

Canadian army culture rife with prejudice against seeking PTSD help, says veteran

Retired warrant officer Andy Godin vividly remembers the warm night he got  off the plane, returning from the cauldron of shellfire and snipers that was  Sarajevo. A non-commissioned officer dragged a chair to the centre of the hangar, stood  on it and told hundreds of assembled troops that if anyone had any problem with  their …

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Jun 18

Psychiatrist warns bureaucracy is worsening veterans’ PTSD

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 06/06/2013 Reporter: Michael Brissenden With post traumatic stress disorder now thought to be more deadly for veterans than the war they served in, a leading trauma psychiatrist says Veterans Affairs’ bureaucracy is making the situation worse.   Psychiatrist warns bureaucracy is worsening veterans’ PTSD

Jun 18

Hundreds of soldiers help send off Sapper David Wood

Another Australian soldier has committed suicide,

Apr 19

Defence ‘all talk, no action’ on PTSD

Defence ‘all talk, no action’ on PTSD: Afghanistan war veterans . Michael Clarke and Tim  Wilson at Mates 4 Mates recovery centre. Picture: Mark Calleja

Feb 20

My Interview on PTSD

I was recently interviewed for television in New Zealand about my journey so far and how living with PTSD affects not only me but also my wife, my children, and so many other aspects of my life on a day to day basis. It’s about 5 minutes long, and includes some footage of my wife …

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Dec 24

Makeover for ‘Stiff British Upper Lip’

Makeover for ‘Stiff British Upper Lip’

Dec 24

Life at the End of ‘A Very Dark Tunnel’

RSA Review Summer 2012

Oct 05

Promise of ongoing help to comrades of the fallen

By Audrey Young Email Audrey 5:30 AM Thursday Oct 4, 2012 Minister of Defence makes a secret visit to Afghanistan with NZ’s military chief Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman. Photo / Steven McNicholl Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says some comrades of the New Zealand troops killed in Afghanistan will need ongoing support when they get back …

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Oct 02

Urge to seek help for war and quake stress

Eighty-seven troops have been released from the Defence Force on mental health grounds in the past five years and a further 67 needed help after assisting in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, new figures show. Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones has written to soldiers urging them to seek help for mental illnesses …

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Oct 02

Macho-man approach ‘hinders’ bid to help

By DANYA LEVY Bill Blaikie: Fighting back. A TOP-RANKING former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says New Zealand’s ‘‘macho man’’ attitude discourages people from seeking help. Lieutenant Colonel Bill Blaikie was the deputy director of intelligence for the combined forces in Afghanistan and was made a member of the Order of Merit in 2005. However, after …

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