Producing an overarching strategic direction
for PTSD and Mental Trauma
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
*The event has been postponed*
One powerful day of arriving
at positive solutions
There has never been a Forum for PTSD and Mental Trauma in Australia which has been structured to arrive at speci c outcomes. Previous conferences have always been research and academia oriented. They have been full of worthwhile content but lacked action.
PTS21 has been designed to provide the Federal Government with a set of irrefutable recommendations to improve treatment for these illnesses which can lead to a reduction in our national suicide rate. These recommendations will be arrived at by experts in this eld and personnel who work and consult at the coalface of these illnesses. They know what is needed.
The three subjects to be discussed and debated at the Forum have been conceived by clinical advisors to Stand Tall. They are Transition, Suicide and Models of Care.
Up to 150 of these experienced people from Australia and Overseas will gather at the BCEC either live or virtually. They will all be fully briefed prior to the Forum and will know what to expect. The proceedings will be moderated by one of Australia’s best.
This Forum is only one of the Stand Tall initiatives being planned in the last seven months of 2021. All of these will complement each other and be used to promote, nationally, the aims of Stand Tall for PTS.
The rst is a global podcast where the life of the Stand Tall founder Tony Dell will be broadcast, which began to be distributed in June. It is titled “ Once upon a time in the Ashes “
The second is a book of Tony Dell’s life called “And Bring Home the Darkness “. This book has been launched in the UK in June and major launches are planned for three Australian Capital cities. The rst will be in Melbourne in August with the Governor General David Hurley. The launch in Perth will be hosted by the WA Governor, Kim Beazley at Government House. The third launch will be in Brisbane with Greg Chappell and Sir Angus Houston.
The Forum PTS21 will be staged in September.
In conjunction with the Forum we are running a creative arts competition which is open to all. Creativity has long been recognised as a healer for mental trauma and the theme for this competition is Hope and Recovery.
And then in December and January we’d like to stage some major awareness events around the Ashes Series. The rst would be the rst test match in Brisbane. We have gathered support from most of the major stakeholders associated with PTSD and Mental Trauma plus other prominent people. We would like to stage an actual Orange Day on the third day of the test match with thousands of men and women in uniform and/or Orange caps and shirts at the ground. We could stage a substantial display of Military and First Responder vehicles and personnel at a prominent area outside of the ground.
This could be supplemented by RSL, ESOs and Mental Health professionals all available for consultation.
This complete scenario could be repeated in Perth for the Fifth Test Match in January and we have already alerted people at the ECB to get both countries involved..
In Adelaide for the Second Test Match we are suggesting that we could stage a massive Motor Cycle ride from the Adelaide Oval to a Winery for lunch in the Barossa the day before the match begins. We are contemplating a concert outside of the ground on our return from the ride.
We envisage a pro bono media campaign leading into the Ashes series titled “ OPEN UP “ which will encourage people to begin talking to ease their pain. We know that the standard positive answer to ARE YOU OK? Is mostly a lie. We are writing and recording a powerful song and video for this. We envisage that the media campaign will be a series of celebrities encouraging those that need to Open Up. We believe that a high pro le directive can be more e ective than a question.
All of these would attract numerous media opportunities for awareness and exposure for funders and sponsors.
• Nine Australians die every day by suicide. That’s more than double the road toll.
• 75% of those who take their own life are male.
• Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year.
• In 2019 3,318 Australians took their own life.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.
• The suicide rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is twice that of their non - Indigenous counterparts.
• People in rural populations are 2 times more likely to die by suicide.
• Only 28% of philanthropists donate to Mental Health.
• For every one dollar donated for mental health five dollars is given for cancer.
• The Productivity Commission announced in November last year that mental health and suicide costs Australia about $220 billion per annum.
• LGBTI+ community members experience significantly higher rates of suicide than the rest of the population.
• For each life lost to suicide, the impacts are felt by up to 135 people, including family members, work colleagues, friends, first responders at the time of death.
• Males aged 85 and older experience the highest age-specific rate of suicide.
• Same-gender attracted Australians are estimated to experience up to 14 times higher rates of attempted suicide than their heterosexual peers.
• Up to 45% or 11.2 million Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime.
• Every six weeks an emergency service worker dies by suicide.
• Female veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide than civilian females.
• From 2001 to 2016 56 ADF members were killed in action compared with 373 by suicide.