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30 March 2017

Joint media release - Launch of educational book about mental health for children

Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today launched a children’s book series that supports children from military and emergency service families living with a parent who has a mental health condition.

The first book, titled Do You Still Love Me? Because I Really Love You! by author Heather Gibson, is a Military Children’s Mental Health Education initiative, a project of the Remembrance Foundation.

Mr Tehan said the Government recognised the importance of supporting families as well as veterans.

“When someone signs up to serve in our armed forces, their entire family is also volunteered so we have a duty to support them,” Minister Tehan said.

“The Government is committed to supporting veterans and their families, recently we launched a program with Kookaburra Kids to run support camps for children of veterans with mental health conditions.

“We have also extended access to the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, including adult children of post-Vietnam veterans.”

Minister Hunt said the Turnbull Government funds a number of mental health programmes for children – including the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness initiative.

“I’m acutely aware that children can be impacted by the mental health problems facing people around them,” Minister Hunt said.

“I was the child of a mother with bipolar. I have lived this experience myself. So I know how important it is to provide support to those that need it.”

Founder of Modern Soldier and Remembrance Foundation executive director Talissa Papamau said the book would help better support military and emergency services families.

“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken adults,” Ms Papamau said.

The books will be available for purchase online and through the Modern Soldier social media platforms.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Minister Hunt’s Office: 02 6277 7220
Remembrance Foundation: Talissa Papamau 0408787583

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.