Top level investigation after Adelaide woman’s Afghanistan suicide attempt

A top level investigation is underway after a young Adelaide woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life, blaming bullying within the defence force.

In a case similar to that of a local police sergeant last month, her cry for help was posted on Facebook.

The bombshell message was posted just before 7.30pm on Friday along with an image from a popular young medic from Adelaide.

The young woman was flown to the intensive care unit of a German hospital, where she remains. Source: 7 News
The young woman was flown to the intensive care unit of a German hospital, where she remains. Source: 7 News
SA woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life. Source: 7 News
SA woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life. Source: 7 News

"To those who this choice to end my life will burden I am sorry. I can't do this any longer,” the message began.

"I have been shunned. Made to feel less than human, a burden,” the message continued.

"To the Australian headquarters in Afghanistan you need to rethink, you are failing them."

The emotional post sparked a frantic race against time to save her and assistance seems to have arrived just in time.

Part of the message that was posted to social media. Source: 7 News
Part of the message that was posted to social media. Source: 7 News
A top level investigation is underway after a young Adelaide woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life, blaming bullying within the defence force. Source: 7 News
A top level investigation is underway after a young Adelaide woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life, blaming bullying within the defence force. Source: 7 News

The young woman was flown to the intensive care unit of a German hospital, where she remains.

A rapid response organisation helping prevent veteran suicides was part of the rescue effort.

"We’ve responded to over 100 incidents in the past six months. We often work with veterans who are placed internationally.”

Late on Tuesday the Defence Department issued a statement saying it’s providing support to the woman in Landsthuhl, Germany and her family.

Top level investigation underway after SA woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life. Source: 7 News
Top level investigation underway after SA woman serving in Afghanistan tried to take her own life. Source: 7 News

It says all factors of the incident are under investigation.

Last month, Ashley Meek, a west coast police officer and defence force member took his life, blasting both organisations on social media minutes beforehand.

His death’s also under investigation.

He’ll be remembered at a memorial service at the Penong Hotel on Sunday.