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As we remember the veterans from the great world wars this Anzac Day, my thoughts are also with those who have served in more recent conflicts, provided aid to war-torn countries and the many who have been impacted by their service in other ways.
Growing up as the daughter of an Army officer, my life was that of an army child. This meant we moved a lot and my father went away for long periods of time. I still have a photo of the night we learnt he would be going to Iran the next morning for 7 months and that we would have little contact with him. As a child, I couldn’t comprehend the depths of what my father went through and was only present for part of the 21 years he served. But as I grew and saw him through adult eyes, I developed a deep compassion and understanding for why he drank, why he got so depressed and why he felt so much pain.
" I developed a deep compassion and understanding for why he drank, why he got so depressed and why he felt so much pain".
While PTSD, substance abuse and mental health issues in the army are spoken about more candidly there is still a long way to go in reducing the stigma of getting help when it's needed. Seeking help is not only important for the person suffering, but critical for the families in which they belong.
Having seen the effects of trauma on my father and felt its ripples through our family system it is not only deeply satisfying but a great honour to now provide a program that supports healing and helps veterans move forward in a better way.
While my father didn’t seek treatment in his lifetime and has since passed, he lived an honourable life and was the perfect father for me. With all he carried my father still helped us in the construction of Byron Private and I know how proud he would be of the work we do.
My wish this Anzac Day is that those people who are struggling find the support they need and not feel they have to suffer alone.
Today I remember and honour the servicemen and servicewoman who carry incredible burdens and the families who love them.
As co founder and Director of Byron Private, Kylie has played a vital role in the vision, establishment and development of Byron Private Treatment Centre.
Kylie holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) and has completed extensive studies in Family Systemic Constellation work, a cornerstone element of therapy for clients of Byron Private. Kylie began her own journey in recovery over 18 years ago from disordered eating and addiction and understands first hand the challenges and wonder of recovery.
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