ADF members need mental health support

On the evening of 16 July, a boat carrying around 150 people seeking asylum in Australia capsized off Christmas Island.

Navy personnel aboard HMAS Albany and HMAS Warramunga rescued 144 of the people on board, but also recovered four bodies from the water.

In the highly politicised debate around people seeking asylum in Australia, little attention is paid to the effect on the navy and customs staff charged with rescuing people when the boats sink.

Clinical psychologist Professor David Forbes, director of the