In recent years, Australians have become aware of a serious issue in our community; depression and high suicide rates of military personnel who have left the Defence Force. Whether they have discharged or returned from war and ended their service… there are many who struggle with mental health issues.
Some of us are familiar with PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which soldiers can suffer from severely.
In an article published by Sydney Morning Herald about this issue, they stated that,
“The number of PTSD-related suicides among former soldiers are estimated to be three times that of Australia’s combat losses in Afghanistan.”
The issue is real.
There are also hundreds who struggle with severe anxiety and depression which goes undiagnosed or treated. These two conditions often also lead to suicide and cannot be ignored.
There are many reasons why a soldier’s mental health can suffer after service. Anything from,
- Inability to adjust to the civilian life and feeling lost and directionless.
- Many struggle to get work or have to start their careers again with no support.
- The feeling of abandonment and lack of acknowledgement.
These are only 3 examples but there are many and it’s important that even if we cannot understand why they suffer that we show them the support they deserve.
I myself have seen first-hand the suffering. I not only have a friend who has finally received treatment, many many years afterwards her service, but also my own partner. He served for 11 years and is going through the same battle.
These soldiers battle wounds may not be visible, but are deadly.
So this Anzac Day, I want to help these wounded soldiers, the way I know best, through business. Business has the power to change lives and we have done so through all our fundraisers in the past.
So at Cheap Sheds, we have decided to donate $15 of every order this Anzac day,
to the Soldier On Charity.
Soldier On is a Foundation who aims to help reintegrate serving and ex-serving Defence Force men and women. They support those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their family, their community, and their future. They have set up centres for people to go where they can find support staff, psychological assistance, links with local services as well as a support network of other veterans and families.
We want to help Soldier On raise awareness for these soldiers on Anzac day to make sure they and their families are getting the support and attention they need.
So if you need a new shed or know someone who does, please visit us at www.CheapShes.com.au on the 25th of April to make your purchase.
Pass this message on to your friends and family and help us raise money to support soldiers in need!