Here are some Ex service organisations located in the Northern Territory that can help. Click on the photos below and they will take you to the respected organisations that are able to assist you.
Reeling Veterans – Fishing For Therapy
Reeling Veterans grew from a really simple idea. The idea that reaching out to veterans and asking “would you like to go fishing?” may help them to have a chat, open up or quite simply just get them out of the house. Veteran, Michael Hurren, from Darwin suffers PTSD after two deployments to Afghanistan. He was actively seeking help for his condition and found it frustrating that there was very little support for veterans with mental illness in Darwin. Lack of funding was always the excuse given. “Call Lifeline” he was usually told. The only time he felt completely relaxed was when he was out on his boat “wetting a line”.
He used fishing as a form of therapy. Michael was constantly reading and hearing about fellow veterans taking their own lives. Time and time again he would read the same story. Young veterans either being denied treatment or their support being taken away after they were deemed “better”. The turning point was when Michael found out that another young veteran had taken his own life. Michael knew and served with him in Afghanistan and his death hit Michael very hard. He felt he needed to do something to try and stop this epidemic.
This is when Reeling Veterans was born. Through sponsorship and fundraising Michael raised the funds to get a team into the Barra Nationals, a major barramundi fishing tournament held at the mighty Daly River about 2 hours south of Darwin. From there Reeling Veterans has gone from strength to strength. A news story was run about them and the response was overwhelming! They were contacted by so many people wanting to be involved and people who needed help. The wonderful people from Dhipirri Barra & Sportfishing Lodge (in Arnhemland, Northern Territory) have donated 4 trips per year to groups of veterans.
So, what started as an idea to put a team in a fishing tournament, has now become a not-for-profit organisation who run monthly fishing outings for anyone who would like to come along. They also hold monthly catch ups at restaurants around Darwin. Reeling Veterans is about mateship. It’s about people getting together in a non-judgemental environment where they feel comfortable and can talk about their problems, if they want to. We have one member who, before hearing about Reeling Veterans, never left the house. Now he doesn’t miss an event. If Reeling Veterans can help even just one person think twice before taking their own life, then that is a success story. While Reeling Veterans is based and run in Darwin, they are contacted by people all over Australia. For more information on Reeling Veterans, visit their website
Veterans Australia Northern Territory
Our core values are to:
- promote veterans and families health and well-being
- provide compensation and welfare Advocates who work in the Community of Practice
- represent Territory veterans at NT Government level
- support local schools and other community groups
We conduct regular monthly meetings at Reg Hillier House where issues important to Veterans, serving & ex-serving members of the ADF and their families are discussed. We also have BBQ get-togethers to invite friends and family to have an afternoon out and a bit of a yarn with fellow vets. We welcome veteran visitors from interstate to all of our meetings and events.
RSL Northern Territory
The RSL was founded in 1916 to provide comradeship and support to Australia’s veterans and their families.
That core mission has never changed but has continued to evolve to meet the needs of each generation of servicemen and women.
We have a branch network that covers Australia and any veteran who needs help will get it. Every serving ADF member and veteran will be warmly welcomed at their local RSL.
We advocate for the best possible conditions for our serving men and women and for those who have served the nation in the past.
We foster respect and thanks from the nation for all those who have made sacrifices in Australia’s name and we will provide a strong voice on issues of national unity and security.
Veterans MC NT
It is a matter of history that the United States and its allies waged a protracted war in Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Australia, being one of the United States allies was involved from 1962 until 1972.
The aftermath of this war and the social upheaval it caused left a large number of veterans deeply traumatised and adrift in the society they had returned to.
All experienced to a larger degree the bitterness and sometimes hatred of the general public who had not shared their experiences in Vietnam. Many veterans were shunned, and in turn shunned society and turned to the only people who they could trust – their Brothers in Arms, fellow Vietnam Veterans.
In late 1989, an advertisement was placed in a Melbourne newspaper seeking those Vietnam Veterans who were also Motorcyclists, and who would be interested in starting a Motorcycle Club. There was a strong response and, so, at the Broadford Hotel, the Victorian Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club was born. During the same time other like minded Vietnam Veterans across Australia were coming together and forming chapters.