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First Nations Stakeholder Resource Toolkit

The Royal Commission is interested in hearing from First Nations people about their experience with the Navy, Army or Air Force. First Nation people, including family, are encouraged to share their story any time until 13 October 2023. The Royal Commission has put together some First Nations targeted resources for sharing information with and supporting First Nations people to share their stories or to know more about the Royal Commission.

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What the Royal Commission is and why it’s important

Many of our mob have served or are serving in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

For some of us, things might have happened that made us feel no good or worried.

A Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is happening now.

The Royal Commission is a group of people, the Commissioners, who are listening to people around the country about what has happened to them in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

They also want to hear from family who have been affected.

It could be about suicide or it might be about mental health, recruitment, or how you felt when you left the service.

Sharing your story could help improve mental health and help stop suicide among people in the Defence Force. It can help other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by creating a safer future for people in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

To find out how you can share your story with the Royal Commission, call 1800 329 095 or visit defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au

If thinking or talking about this makes you feel no good, you can call 13 Yarn or 13 92 76 or visit 13yarn.org.au to get some help from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis supporter.

How to share your story and what support is available

Have you or one of your mob served in the Defence Force?

Do you have a story about something that wasn't right that you want to share?

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is listening and wants to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about serving in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Your story might be about your own service or about a family member.

You can share your story in a way and at a time that works for you.

This could include writing your story or recording it as a video or audio message.

You can send it to the Royal Commission through their website at defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au or email it to dvsrc.enquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

Sharing your story is safe and private. You don't need to give your name.

There's still lots of time to get ready to share your story.

You can send it to the Royal Commission any time before October 2023.

If you need help to share your story, you can call the Royal Commission on 1800 329 095 or ask someone like your local health service for support.

If thinking or talking about this makes you feel no good, you can call 13 Yarn or 13 92 76 any time or visit 13yarn.org.au to get some help from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis supporter.

Downloadable resources

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Stakeholder toolkit

First Nations Toolkit
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Conversation guide

First Nations Conversation Guide
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First Nations A4 Flyer
First Nations A4 Storyboard tile image

Visual information sheet

First Nations A4 Storyboard

Contact

If you have questions about the toolkit please contact the Communications and Community Engagement team at the Royal Commission via email at:

DVSRC.communityengagement@royalcommission.gov.au or phone 1800 329 095.