NT PTSD sufferers with 'nowhere to go' could benefit from new clinic plans

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:51:49 AM. A plan for a residential treatment centre for soldiers and emergency services workers in Darwin is under consideration, with the veterans advocates saying it couldn't come soon enough.
Photo: The Darwin RSL said suicide rates are rising and there is a lack of treatment options. (Jonathan Beal: ABC) Returned soldiers and emergency services workers with mental illness may be able to access to treatment without having to travelling interstate, as the Northern Territory Government considers a proposal to build a specialist treatment centre in Darwin. Darwin RSL put forward a plan for a 10-bed specialist treatment centre that has been backed with funding from the private sector. Veterans said this couldn't come soon enough, with a desperate need in the Top End for local specialised residential care for people diagnosed with PTSD. Bob Shewring, acting president of the RSL, said suicide rates are "through the roof", and a lack of local treatment options was making the problem worse. "It's not been a pleasurable experience," Mr Shewring said. "It's the fact they're away from family, friends, their support structures. All that seems to do is exacerbate the problem." Mr Shewring said a private developer agreed to financially back the $10-15 million construction of the facility. The RSL was hoping the NT Government could provide land and that the Federal Government would also play a role. The North Darwin RSL site and an area in Palmerston were flagged as potential locations. "One suicide is too many, and we've had far too many recently," Mr Shewring said. A Northern Territory veteran suicided just last week, the ABC has been told. 'Fight like hell for the...Read more
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