Suicide help for Defence

A NEW website has been launched to help military veterans, Australian Defence Force members and their families learn about suicide prevention.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon unveiled Operation Life Online yesterday to provide advice and resources for the veteran and defence communities.

Mr Snowdon said it had been designed to raise awareness of suicide, from recognising warning signs and risk factors to learning ways to help in times of crisis.

"It will offer advice to

people in need of immediate assistance, regardless of the time of day or their location," he said.

"It is a tool to build resilience and to provide a

direct channel to help when needed."

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for men under 44 and women under 34 and Mr Snowdon said current and former serving members of the ADF were not immune.

Free mental health treatment is available for eligible veterans by contacting the DVA on 133 254.

Access to Operation Life Online is via DVA's At Ease mental health portal