There are a number of options available to you and your family through Police Veterans.
Bec Lynch, Clinical Lead
Bec Lynch is PVV’s resident Clinical Lead with more than 17 years experience in managing front line mental health issues predominantly involving serving and veteran police. Her responsibilities include managing the Veteran Peer Support program as well as providing specific clinical advice and support. Bec does not provide a 24 hour service and generally works 9am-5pm weekdays.
“Making that initial phone call can be overwhelming, however I can assure Veterans that their concerns will be taken seriously, confidentially and with compassion.” – Bec Lynch
“There is so much value in a phone call, a text message, a positive thought. Bec has done all of those things. I suspect that Bec does those things not just because that’s her job but because that’s the type of person she is.” – Veteran’s testimonial
P: 0436 854 858
Veteran Peer Support Officers (VPSOs)
VPSOs are Victoria Police Veterans who provide support to other police veterans and their families who may be dealing with personal issues, need to talk, or are seeking someone to confide in. They are all committed, trained volunteers who care and are there to help.
This is achieved by having one-on-one conversations with veterans, actively listening and assessing their situation and providing non-clinical advice where appropriate.
This service is a 24/7 service provided by Victoria Police and is available to veterans and their family members – the services include the Police Psychology Unit and Police Chaplaincy.
P: 1300 090 995
The Employee Assistance Program is extended to police veterans and their partners. it is an independent and confidential counselling service.
You can contact the EAP service directly, 24/7:
Acacia EAP; Call 1300 364 273
Emergency services workers can experience critical incidents and traumatic events as part of their every day. If your work has affected your psychological health and wellbeing, or you are bothered by mental health symptoms at work, Responder Assist can be contacted for a confidential and independent assessment.
1800 329 191
9-5 Mon-Fri (excluding holidays)
Companion Animal Support
Pets, especially dogs, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health.
Studies have shown that:
- Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
- People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
- Playing with a dog, cat, or other pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
Through the Greyhound Adoption Program, PVV members can access a wide range of benefits including a waived adoption fee. Read the information pack here to learn more.