'Borderless' is dedicated to the men and women who served in the Afghan/Iraq conflict. We hope this show will bring about action and increase public awareness of the mental health crisis facing our veterans.
If you are or know of any veterans who are currently facing a crisis there are people and professional organisations who are willingly to listen and help!
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
VA Mental Health Line 1-877-927-8387
Show run time: 85 minutes.
This production is based on real stories from returned soldiers from Afghanistan, in one man’s retelling. We interviewed returned soldiers in Australia as well as the USA and one thing became very apparent; their stories could be interchangeable. So many of their tales cross over, even their camp locations and their interactions with beautiful local Afghan people.
In Australia 46 soldiers died in Afghanistan and since returning over 800 have committed suicide. A harrowing number, when truly one is too many. What is pertinent about the American retelling of this story is that these numbers are larger on both fronts. This show brings to light this crisis in real time.
Since September 11, 2001 over 30,000 veterans have died by suicide. This is four times more than the number of U.S. Military personnel who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Borderless reminds us of the importance of understanding, witnessing change in our loved ones and supporting where they are at. Support for return veterans of war needs to be carefully reviewed, managed and systematically improved. This is true the world over.
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