Support can help you develop skills to manage:
- anxiety and depression
- stress or anger
- poor sleep
- social isolation
- relationship challenges
- grief and loss
- dealing with change
If you have served at least one day in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including reservists, several options are available to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Consult a general practitioner (GP)
Start by talking to your GP. Your GP can:
Talk to a mental health professional
If you have served at least one day in the ADF, you can access free mental health care. You may be able to access professional counselling by:
Other services available through Open Arms include:
Try some self-help tools
Open Arms offers a range of digital self-help resources to help you stay healthy, recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and understand the support available to live your best life.
If you are supporting someone you care for, it's important to also look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
Provides free support services if you are in crisis and need to talk to someone.
Provides 24-hour counselling services to help you cope with sexual assault or violence.
Head to Health provides resources and links to a variety of websites and apps to support veteran mental health and wellbeing
The ADF Health & Wellbeing Portal ‘Fighting Fit’ directs you to a wide range of Defence websites containing information on ADF Health and Mental Health services and support.
Connect with an Ex-service organisation in your local area. These organisations may be able to provide you with support and resources.
Offers a broad range of services to individuals, families and communities across the country such as counselling, mediation, and family dispute resolution. Contact your state-based Relationships Australia service on 1300 364 277.