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No Longer Fit For Duty

Breaking Down The Stigma Of Mental Health

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

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  • DIRECTOR Fisch Rasy

  • PRODUCER Fisch Rasy

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

No Longer Fit For Duty is a documentary focused on breaking down the barriers for mental health and showing people that it’s ok to get help.
A view from the cold face - this documentary touches upon topical issues about veterans’ experiences from their own perspective - about life both in combat and at home and mental health struggles. It is about transformation and getting a second chance in life.
Fisch Rasy, an Australian Army Defence Force Veteran, wasn’t really aware of how deeply seated mental health issues were until he got out. Since reconnecting with veterans, he has been able to see how the stigma of how “opening up is a sign of weakness” has led to too many suicides and terrible ongoing issues.
This documentary touches upon important issues about current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans' experiences from their own perspective - about life both in combat & at home & mental health struggles such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression and even suicide.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families face unique experiences during a military career, and in transitioning to civilian life. Military life can involve significant challenges, not least the exposure to life and death situations. For many veterans, military service and operational deployment can also lead to a strong sense of identity and belonging.
Increasing numbers of the Australian military, as well as police, firemen and paramedics (first responders), are succumbing to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. In 2016, double the number of military personnel and veterans committed suicide than were killed in the entire 16 years of the war in Afghanistan.
Research indicates that as many as 50% of veterans experience significant difficulty acclimating with a third developing mental health problems including PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

To create a high-quality feature-length documentary film to not only encourage conversations around mental health but also promote education, awareness and advocacy reducing the social stigma surrounding it.
To increase awareness and empathy about the mental health issues facing military veterans, as well as use this film as a visual aide to lobby Government to gain further support added to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

By sharing the stories of those living with mental health issues we will offer a positive pathway to healing for veterans and their families.

To create awareness of the challenges faced by those serving in and exiting the military.
To reduce the stigma around mental health issues and homelessness by sparking conversations.
To challenge the way we talk about these issues and create policy change.

To bring greater awareness to the valuable work of ex-service organisations such as Mates4mates and the businesses who support veterans.

To increase funding for charities/organisations actively changing the lives of ADF members and their families.
Support for community mental health services to implement alternative delivery models for suicide prevention and support for the decline in mental health caused by social isolation.
Support for currently funded Service Providers experiencing hardship as a direct result of COVID-19

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Partnering with Invisible Injuries we're able to directly access the growing network of veterans in need and ex-service organisations.
We're hoping to partner with many ex-service organisations such as Mates4Mates, a not-for-profit organisation which helps veterans make meaningful personal connections, upskill to return to civilian life, deal with and overcome injuries sustained while serving, and access mental health services. Our Director, Fisch Rasy is uniquely positioned to tell this story, owing to his first-hand knowledge of the topic and award-winning filmmaking skills.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope viewers spread the word about the benefits of the work of Community health services and organisation (Mates4mates/Veteran Welfare Alliance). For individuals living with mental health and their families we hope to offer them hope and a pathway to moving forward.
We also hope it opens their eyes to the importance of education and health support to ex- veterans and to the treatment of veterans following discharge and how working with health professionals is healing their trauma.
The audience will come away feeling that there is hope in the world by seeing those that devote their lives to the cause and will be able to assist in their own way.
Question damaging rhetoric by mainstream commentators surrounding the issue of mental health and suicide and reducing the stigma that is associated with it.
Empathise with the life circumstances of veterans.
Donate to non-profit organisations doing wonderful work to curb mental health issues and suicide prevention.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will know we have been successful when we start to see changes in the public’s attitude towards mental health issues faced by returning servicemen and women. We will see an increase in donations to non-profit organisations that support veterans and currently-serving military personnel. We will also see changes in policy to improve the welfare of veterans when they return home. In particular, changes to the Veterans Entitlements Act 1986 and other statutes relating to veterans and their families.

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