The Royal Commission into veteran suicide has to ‘fix it for our veteran community’

Liberal MP and veteran Gavin Pearce says the announcement of the Royal Commission into veteran suicide “was a relief” and he wants to see the Commission make sure the recommendations are implemented. “If we look at an ordinary Royal Commission, an off the shelf Royal Commission, it doesn’t have the ability to reach back on its own recommendations and to ensure those recommendations are implemented appropriately,” he told Sky News. “We need to fix this, make no mistake, we need to fix this for our veteran community and our serving personnel … we are going to make sure this is the one that fixes it.” Mr Pearce said the damage to veterans’ mental health was not due to any particular war but “prolonged periods and repeat deployments” into battle leaving veterans without the support they would usually have. If you or anyone you know needs help:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
Headspace on 1800 650 890
ReachOut at au.reachout.com
Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008

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