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“There is an urgent need to develop new and more effective interventions for PTSD.” (Professor David Forbes, Director of Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health). With the Professor’s comments in mind, Stand Tall 4 PTS has resolved to establish pilot programmes at local venues and existing community based facilities. 

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THE ASK – VETERAN SUPPORT HUBS

“There is an urgent need to develop new and more effective interventions for PTSD.”
(Professor David Forbes, Director of Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health).


With the Professor’s comments in mind, Stand Tall 4 PTS has resolved to establish pilot programmes at local venues and existing community based facilities. 

These Veteran & First Responders Support Hubs will be managed by experienced veterans and professional advocates and mental health experts to assist those in need. The annual budget for each centre will vary according to the facility in situ. In simple terms each hub will exhibit a welcoming feeling for the men and women who seek help. In many cases they need to know there is a friendly face to start the healing process. At the hub they will know that there is someone to talk to and to give them some time and a cuppa. Funding is needed for the venues together with meeting the costs of visiting experienced psyches and exercise physiologists to advise - physical fitness is an important ingredient in psychological rehabilitation. 

To implement this programme Stand Tall is asking for donations totalling $200,000.00 to establish five hubs , one in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast and at two other locations (to be determined) as pilots for the scheme.       

The concept of peer support was one of the main themes discussed at PTSD15 last year. PTS is a major problem for our military and first responders, there is always an urge to start to talk but often there is a need to do it anonymously.The most obvious venues for these hubs are RSL sub branches and some have already agreed to be part of this idea. 

Stand Tall will make this concept a reality, to fulfil the obligation that we have as a nation to ensure all Australians who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our way of life, or have been innocently traumatised, are supported, cared for and rehabilitated. 

This is our challenge (and yours).


PTS – About

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTS) is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.

PTS is contracted when the human brain is subjected to an adverse experience, tragic event or fear that it wasn’t built to withstand. Many humans can be subjected to events which can cause this condition. In fact, nearly all of us can experience some sort of event which will challenge our senses. This can have just a short term affect or it can be long lasting, depending on the person and the event.

There are many ways in which this condition manifests in victims. The smallest event or trigger can potentially cause a reaction, a flashback, an anxiety attack or a period of deep depression. In most cases there is a constant pattern in the women and men who are unwilling to share their troubles with others who they feel will not understand.  We need to provide a situation where they can share.       


The Aim of Stand Tall 4 PTS - “Veteran & First Responders Support Hubs’’

PTS is a condition that conflicts thousands of people all across Australia. The need is everywhere and so should be the support. The science teaches us that these types of community and peer based programmes are very effective because, if for nothing else, they are readily accessible.     

One goal of Stand Tall 4 PTS is to establish and implement a national “Veteran & First Responders Support Hub” strategy where professionals are available to our heroes on a consistent and ongoing basis and in a private and respectful environment. Being respectful is important. It is recognised that some are often too proud to seek help or even discuss their problem. The Stand Tall 4 PTS support hubs will offer a caring, understanding and nurturing environment where people feel comfortable to come along to talk about their experiences. 

Stand Tall 4 PTS appreciates that peer recognition and support is a very important part of the healing process. The support hubs will encourage shared experiences and realisations with others with PTS - "They are not alone".  Families too will be made aware of how and why their loved one has returned “differently” and suggest strategies that will help them.         

We know for sure that unless we can help un-bottle the trauma and help those with PTS understand that they are not alone, there will always be a feeling of isolation where PTS will remain and that can have very serious consequences.


What is needed:

1.    A venue where sessions can be held.
2.    Paid and properly trained psychologists experienced in the first responders and military fields.
3.    A BBQ area for groups and families to gather
4.    A referral network for those who want to continue rehabilitation post “support hub” sessions if required.
5.    An awareness drive directed to those with PTS, their families, the volunteers and the public at large.


The number of people suffering from PTS in Australia is unclear due to the private nature of the condition. Studies in the USA have shown that 30% of Vietnam veterans have PTS or had PTS at one point of their lives.  

People with PTS often resort to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and forget.  

People with PTS can develop acute anxiety disorders and deep depression. 

Some cannot function at home or at work.

Though the situation is improving, many people with PTS and their families do not know who to turn to and what to ask for or even understand why this is happening to them.

Many veterans come from high ranking positions, they feel helpless and unimportant now that they have left their respective roles. They feel disregarded, unworthy and are hurting bad after serving and risking their lives for us. 

Let’s help them the way they have helped all of us. Let’s give them back the quality of life that most of us enjoy.