The death by suicide of any Australian is a tragedy – for their family, their friends, their colleagues, their local community and for the nation.
Suicide, suicide attempts and self-harm behaviours are serious, complex and confronting issues that impact all Australians, including current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
There is no simple or single solution to suicide.
Defence is committed to ensuring all ADF members have access to the right support, at the right time, especially for those who are vulnerable or at risk.
There is a broad range of mental health support services available to ADF members who may be experiencing concerns with their mental health or thoughts of suicide.
Any ADF member who may be struggling with their mental health is encouraged to reach out for support. You will be supported.
Defence is committed to continuous improvement. While our health system provides high quality care, we recognise there are always opportunities to improve.
The establishment of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, and the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, are critical opportunities for the Defence community to come together to learn and strengthen our approaches to preventing suicide among current and former members of the ADF.
Defence spent $65.75 million to provide education and awareness programs, and access to mental health treatment and rehabilitation programs for serving ADF members in 2020/21.