The following list includes general mental health resources that may be useful when working with veterans and their families.
Mental Health Advice Book
DVA has developed this advice book to assist health practitioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans. It draws upon the latest Australian and international best practice guidelines for the treatment of common mental health problems. The book aims to update practitioners who regularly treat veterans, as well as inform those who may be less familiar with veterans’ mental health issues.
The Mental Health Advice Book has been written so that practitioners can dip in and out of relevant chapters and has been divided into sections to help guide different health professionals to the information most useful to them. Some sections are aimed primarily at GPs while others have been written with mental health practitioners such as psychologists and social workers in mind. The book is accompanied by a DVD containing videos detailing case studies with complex case formulations.
ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment
All former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can access a comprehensive health assessment from their GP.
This assessment is available to all former serving members of either the permanent or reserve forces. It is funded under the health assessment items 701, 703, 705 and 707 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
A key objective is to help GPs identify and diagnose the early onset of physical and/or mental health problems among former serving ADF members. In supporting this, DVA has funded the development of a specifically designed screening tool.
This tool includes screening tools for alcohol use, substance use, posttraumatic stress disorder and psychological distress, as well as information on how to access other DVA services that their patient may be eligible for.
The following PDF version of the tool can be downloaded. Alternatively, GPs who have access to Best Practice or Medical Director practice management software can access the tool from within the those packages.
The screening tool is supported by resources to assist GPs in determining key actions, treatment options and referral pathways. These resources can be downloaded below:
- A Guide to the ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment (Word and PDF)
- Quick Reference Guide to the ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment (Word and PDF)
Summary of DVA Services and Resources
Providers can refer DVA clients to a range of veteran-specific services and resources. To find out more about the mental health resources you can recommend to your veteran patient, including to which disorder the resources are most applicable, click here.
The DVA Evidence Compass is a website whereby research literature is organised, reviewed, synthesised and disseminated on questions of high importance to the treatment of veterans.
DVA Mental Health Series videos
This series of YouTube Videos contains interviews with current and former serving members of the ADF, who share real stories of their experiences with various issues such as PTSD, anxiety, alienation, loneliness and anger.
The High Res website helps serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families manage stress and build resilience. The website offers a range of interactive cognitive behavioral therapy-based tools, self-help resources and videos that help users cope better with stress and bounce back from tough situations.
The website also provides a personal 'dashboard' where users can develop a resilience plan, set goals and track their progress. It can be used in conjunction with a treatment regime to build resilience and improve mental performance over time.
Beacon provides information for health professionals and consumers on self-management websites and mobile device applications for mental and physical disorders. Programs from around the world are reviewed and rated by a panel of health experts.
MyCompass is an interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing. It includes tools to help clients track their mood, and information and tips on managing fear and anxiety, sleeping well, goal setting, communication, problem solving, and other related topics. It also contains stories from people who experience mental health issues.
Health Direct Australia provides access to information on a wide range of health and mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, drug addiction and caring for someone with a mental health disorder.
The mindhealthconnect website is part of the Australian Government’s National E-mental Health Strategy. It is the gateway to information on mental health issues and seeking help. It includes links to online self-help programs, fact sheets, audio, video and online communities for people with mental health issues.
Lifeline provides 24 hours phone crisis support (13 11 14) and online crisis support from 8pm to midnight. The Lifeline website also contains fact sheets on a range of mental health topics including stress, rural mental health, suicide bereavement and family violence. The website also includes a service finder function.