The following resources are for veterans and their family members, and relate primarily to support services for families, and family and relationship counseling.
For more general information to provide to veterans and their families who are concerned about their mental health, but have not yet engaged in treatment, see At Ease for veterans website.
For partners and children of veterans
- VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service: this service specialises in supporting Defence members, ex-Defence members and eligible family members. VVCS provide individual, couples and family counselling, as well as group based treatment and support options. The VVCS information and telephone counselling service can be contacted 24-hours a day on 1800 011 046.
- Relationships Australia: Offer a broad range of services to individuals, families and communities throughout the country such as counselling, mediation, and family dispute resolution. For local state-based Relationships Australia services call on 1300 364 277.
For family members of serving defence members
- Defence Families Australia: This is an organisation providing information, advocacy and advice to Defence families.
- Defence Community Organisation (DCO): The DCO provides a range of services to families of Defence members, including a 24-hour support line: Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 and a family resilience program FamilySMART.
Recommended reading and online information
- DVA Mental Health Video - When a Different Person Comes Home: contains information and interviews with ADF members and their families, on how they face the challenge of a loved one returning from deployment with mental health issues.
- DVA Mental Health & Wellbeing after Military Service booklet (PDF) : contains useful information about experiences and issues that may arise during transition from military to civilian life, for ex-serving members and their families.
- DVA Beyond the Call booklet: recounts experiences from Australian veterans who have a mental health and/or substance problem, and their families.
- At Ease for veterans: includes a section on relationships and communication, with information, tips and advice
- Children of parents with a Mental Illness: provides information for parents, their family and friends in support of these kids and other young people. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families, either individually or through community services and programs.
Resources for carers
- Carers Australia: this is the peak body providing national services and advocacy for carers. State-based carer organisations can provide support and services to those people engaged in a carer role. They also provide a National Carer Counselling Program (1800 242 636) which provides short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers.
- DVA Carer’s Booklet: provides information about specific services available through DVA and other general resources for carers.
- Mental Health Foundations for Carers: auspiced by Carers NSW, this website contains information and resources for carers, including an interactive program for caring for someone with a mental illness.
- Beyondblue guide for Carers: includes helpful information for carers and relatives of people who have either just been diagnosed, are recovering or are in the early stages of depression/anxiety.
- Mindhealthconnect: provides information and links to resources and organisations relevant to carers.