As you are all very well aware, there is much going on in our world right now? With Ukraine, with the floods in our nation, with Covid still impacting us, it’s understandable that we may lose our perspective at times, feel overwhelmed or feel like no one is doing anything fast enough to help.

Remember DRA’s values; courage, mateship, endurance, service, tenacity and respect. These values don’t just apply to members on deployment, they apply to us as DRA members all the time, including what is happening around us right now.

If you are needing some support or you know someone who does, I want to remind you of some options that are available;

• Each other. Mateship is one of our values and that means you are part of an organisation that care for and look out for each other. If you know someone who isn’t doing well, reach out. If you aren’t doing well yourself , reach out. DRA exists not only to support communities affected by specific disasters we are here to support each other in our mission together in everyday life as well.

• There is the DRA wellbeing team who are specifically trained and equipped to support you if you are feeling overwhelmed, angry, scared, annoyed of the unrest and uncertainty or just needing reassurance or referrals for more support.

The National Wellbeing number is 02 8072 9131.

There are also support numbers you can call and websites that have helpful resources for yourself or someone you know can access.
• Open Arms 1800 011 046
• Lifeline 13 11 14
• Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
• Black Dog (02) 9382 4530
• 1800Chaplain 1800 24 27 52
• Mental Health Crisis Hotline 1800 011 511
• Mensline 1300 789 978

There is understandably a lot of emotions, opinions, ideas, options and strategies that everyone can debate on for all of the hot topics right now. I’ve mentioned the DRA value of respect and so we remind you that you share your opinions in a way that demonstrates those values. Please use appropriate means of communication to voice these as well as be aware of others who may have different experiences and perspectives to you. You don’t have to agree with someone else’s perspective but we ask that you respect them as a fellow DRA member.

Please know that DRA are closely monitoring the communities that are impacted by the floods and there is a lot going on behind the scenes by a team of dedicated people. Please be patient as they follow the necessary protocols to ensure the best outcome for the communities and safety of our members. If you have any questions, please call the National Wellbeing number on 02 8072 9131.