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Surveys and submissions for the Review closed on 27 November 2016.

Everyone was welcome to have their say on self-harm and suicide prevention services available to current and former members of Australia’s defence forces.

In particular, ADF personnel, their families, friends and carers, were invited to share their experiences as were providers - including ex-service and community-based organisations - and health professionals.

Privacy was respected. All survey responses were confidential and it was possible to make a written submission anonymously.

Input from the survey and submissions will provide further information and advice to the federal government to help focus future activity. This is so improvements can be made for the benefit of current and former Defence personnel and those who support them.

The Review is also informed by focus groups, sector experts, a reference group and consideration of previous studies and enquiries.

An interim report to government is due this December, the final report in March 2017.

The Review was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 11 August 2016 and is being undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission.

If this matter raises any concerns please contact Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or these organisations. ADF members and their families are encouraged to call the All-hours Support Line on 1800 628 036, Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service 1800 011 046 or these support services to get help.

For more information please contact the National Mental Health Commission, phone 02 8229 7550 or email review@mentalhealthcommission.gov.au.

 

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