WOUNDED SPIRIT

Spirituality and Veteran's Mental Health

Wounded Spirit works with Australian Defence Force veterans whose Defence service may have led to mental health issues with a spiritual or faith basis. It’s not just for veterans it’s also their key supporters, friends, families and the medical, social and spiritual teams who support them.


Wounded Spirit is a non-denominational volunteer group that works with people from any faith group.  How, when, where or if veterans worship is their call – we don’t judge and respect their rights and beliefs. Likewise, whether a veteran are lapsed or active doesn’t matter to us.

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2020 NATIONAL FAITH LEADERS WORKSHOP SERIES

Throughout 2020 Wounded Spirit will be conducting a national series of Faith Leaders Workshops across Australia. The whole focus of these workshop is to help faith leaders (priests, pastors, imams, rabbis, lay people, etc etc) who want to work more effectively with Defence veterans in their communities.
Many Veterans have issues of faith and spirituality which are influencing their mental health and overall general well-being. This is an important although as yet, not a widely discussed or understood issue. These workshops are not about religion, theology or dogma but rather, the tactical and practical knowledge faith leaders need to understand about veterans in order for them to be more effective in their support.
The tour has been made possible by a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs and we work closely with the Department of Defence and a number of national faith organisations and groups across Australia.
For more information about locations, dates and the workshop program are attached.

2020 NATIONAL FAITH LEADERS WORKSHOP SERIES

Locations and Dates

Toowoomba

Monday, 25 May 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-toowoomba-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87919109423

Brisbane

Wednesday, 27 May2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-brisbane-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-8792015454

Sydney 1

Monday, 6 May 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-sydney-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87920489551

Sydney 2

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-sydney-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87920489551

Orange

Monday, 27 April 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-orange-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87921612911

Melbourne 1

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-melbourne-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87921879709

Melbourne 2

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-melbourne-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87921879709

Bendigo

Thursday, 4 June 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-bendigo-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87924822511

 Launceston

Monday, 17 August 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-launceston-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87922088333

Adelaide

Monday, 14 September 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-adelaide-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87922178603

Canberra 1

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-canberra-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87856803063

Canberra 2

Monday, 16 November 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-canberra-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87856803063

Perth

Thursday,  19 November 2020

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wounded-spirit-perth-faith-leaders-workshop-tickets-87922306987

Please note workshop locations are still being finalised in these areas

National Program

0830 – 0900     Registration

0900 – 0930     Welcome – Overview of the Day

0930 – 1030       Spiritual Wounds – Defined and Described      

1030 – 1100        Morning Tea

1100 – 1200        What is a Veteran?

    Definitions

    Recent ADF Engagements

    Defence Structure

    Defence and DVA Policy

    Defence Structure

1200– 1330       Understanding Defence Culture  - Working with Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans

1330 – 1430       Lunch

1430 – 1530       A Veteran’s View - Presentation by Veteran

1530 – 1630       A Padre’s View Presentation by Defence Padre

1630 – 1700       The Way Forward

ABOUT US

Wounded Spirit works with Australian Defence Force veterans whose Defence service may have led to mental health issues with a spiritual or faith basis. It’s not just for veterans it’s also their key supporters, friends, families and the medical, social and spiritual teams who support them.


Wounded Spirit is a non-denominational volunteer group, working with people from all faiths.  How, when, where or if veterans worship is their call – we don’t judge and respect their rights and beliefs. Likewise, whether a veteran are lapsed or active doesn’t matter to us. The fact that a veteran or a key supporter is reading this now says that there is something in their faith or spiritual relationship that they are concerned or at least curious about.


Belatedly, we are starting to understand that the service provided by our Soldiers, Sailors or Airmen/women comes at a terrible cost and is leading to some significant mental health issues within our veteran community. Preliminary evidence indicates that within the approximately 36,000 personnel who deployed to the Iraq and Afghanistan operational areas, somewhere between 8-13% will suffer from some form of service related mental illness. Additionally, figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) cite that the net total of veterans from all Australian conflicts is approximately 301,200 and as such this may mean there may be over 30,000 veterans living within the community that have or may develop some form of service related mental illness such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


There is strong evidence to suggest that a component of these mental illnesses is caused by spiritual or faith based issues. Disappointingly, this is not yet being addressed by agencies such as DVA or the mainstream faith based organisations.

OUR MISSION

Mission

To help find answers to veteran’s faith or belief based questions that may be a factor in their mental health.

How

We aren’t saying we have all the answers to these question but we can help. Of course treating mental illness is a serious business best left to properly accredited health professionals and we urge veterans to seek help from their doctor or health provider. Likewise those of you who belong to a faith community you should reach out to those faith practitioners who support you – that’s what they are there for!

We can help in three areas:

  • Information. The question we posed above we’ve thought about and added a section called FAQ for you. We’ve also included a series of papers, articles and stories for you in our Spiritual First Aid section that might help

  • Access. Finding the right approach to answering these questions can be difficult if you don’t already come from a faith or spiritual background or experience. We’ve included some useful links that might help you

  • Workshops. We’ve prepared two workshops that might help you. Wounded Spirit – Veterans and Supporters is a practical and tactical workshop that addresses some of the common faith and belief issues that veterans and their families face. Wounded Spirit – Faith Leaders has been specifically designed to help professional spiritual leaders to work with veterans. 

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Contact

0409 305 585

Address

PO Box 9274

Deakin

ACT 2600

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