Defence Family Matters : December 2017
28 INTHESPOTLIGHT 28 MENTAL HEALTH WEBINARS GO WORLDWIDE VETERANS AND VETERANS FAMILIES COUNSELLING SERVICE The introduction of community webinars is MAKING INFORMATION ABOUT MENTAL WELLBEING MORE ACCESSIBLE for members and their families, wherever they are. T he Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) webinars are held on a regular basis covering a range of topics affecting current and ex-serving ADF members, their families and the broader veteran community. Dr Creamer returned to host the second community webinar on Sleep Disturbance—getting a good night’s sleep. It looked at topics including what it’s like to live with a sleep disorder, how it affects veterans’ families, how it can be managed, when to seek help and where to find it. The webinar also highlighted VVCS’ Sleeping Better program that helps participants to understand the sleep process and how to effectively manage disturbed sleep. The two-hour sessions are offered once a week for 10 weeks and are held in various locations across Australia. The latest community webinar covered the topic Exercise and Wellbeing—a healthy mind and body. It explored the ways physical activity and exercise (or lack of it) affect our mental wellbeing, as well as provided tips and ideas for how to start getting some of these benefits into everyday life. More community webinars are scheduled to take place over the next 12 months and will be hosted by Dr Creamer. Topics will include relationships, transition out of the military, suicide prevention, families, anger and chronic pain. You can register for the upcoming webinar or watch any of the previous editions on the VVCS website. www.vvcs.gov.au The first webinar covered Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—thriving not just surviving and has been viewed more than 1000 times across 22 countries, including Australia, America, England, Japan, South Africa and Sweden. The webinar, hosted by Dr Mark Creamer, took the form of a panel discussion that included specialist health professionals and Australian veterans, Geoff Evans and Talissa Papamau. Hosted by Dr Mark Creamer, the Sleep Disturbance—getting a good night’s sleep webinar also included guests Brendon Knopke, Dr Sean Drummond and Jennifer Veitch. Photo supplied by Department of Veterans Affairs.