The Way Back Support Service
Connie has a personal and vested interest in the running and roll out of The Way Back Support Service Program for Veterans. She sits on the Beyond Blue Governance Committee for the Brisbane site which has been piloted and is an active voice for veterans and families needs in this space and within Government.
The service is delivered to people who have been admitted to a hospital following a suicide attempt. Partnering hospitals assess and refer people to the Service. Support workers then contact the person within 24 hours, and work with them to develop a safety plan. The plan includes setting goals tailored to the individual which encourages them to re-engage safely in everyday life. It also reduces barriers to accessing follow-up care, such as assisting with transport, and tracks appointments with health and other social support services.
The support workers keep in touch with people regularly, either face to face, by phone and/or email. The level of support provided is based on the needs of the individual – it can vary from a one-off contact providing essential information, to multiple communications over several months. This support helps people to manage the most critical, at-risk time for suicide: three months following their suicide attempt. The Way Back works closely with partnering hospitals and health systems, including primary care, ensuring regular communication. If suicidal behaviour escalates, its Support workers facilitate access to Crisis Assessment Teams, emergency departments and/or admission to mental health inpatient units.
Please contact Beyond Blue
1300 224 636
peer mentor program
The Open Arms Community and Peer Program involves ‘lived experience’ peers working collaboratively with veterans, families, community agencies and mental health clinicians.
Community and Peer Advisors complement our counselling and group program services, and provide a more holistic and therapeutic experience for clients.
Our Community and Peer Advisors uniquely understand what it is like to reach out for support. As ex-ADF veterans and family representatives, they have had the experience of accessing mental health services for their own recovery and wellbeing. Based on their personal experiences, they understand what it takes to find a way back from mental illness and are well placed to support current and ex-serving ADF members and their families to find solutions for better health and wellbeing.
For more information contact Open Arms
1800 011 046
australian war memorial
the sufferings of war
Connie advocated for a sculpture and memorial that sits on the grounds of the AWM in Canberra that acknowledges the war that comes home. The sculpture will be launched in 2021. Meetings have been held bi-monthly since 2019. For further details and if you would like to donate, please follow the link below