Over the past 14+ years that I have been counselling clients, I have had the privilege of working with a distinct number of courageous men and women who have served this country in the armed forces.
Some have been on tours of duty in the Middle East, some closer to home in deployments around the Pacific...there have even been some that have been on secondment in other friendly countries' military forces for various periods of time.
Regardless of where, or for how long they served, they are affected by what they have seen and done, plus the tyranny of distance from loved ones back home.
Some have physical wounds...some have emotional wounds; and then there others that happen to have both.
There are many reasons why these men and women come to counselling.
Sometimes it is due to issues around PTSD, adjusting to physical disabilities and/or civilian life, anger management, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship issues, etc.
Regardless of the cause, It's always OK to ask for help when things are tough...even despite all of their intense training.
Asking for help is a sign of courage, not weakness
Soldier On www.soldieron.org.au 1300 620 380
Lifeline www.lifeline.org.au 13 11 14