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Treatment When You Need It

Staying Calm Tool

Tips on how to talk to someone

If you are feeling down and hopeless it can be really hard to ask for help. You may have thoughts about suicide as a solution to your problems. If you are having suicidal thoughts please tell someone you trust. It is important to remember that help and support are available. If you need to talk to someone right away please ring one of the agencies below:


If you need to talk to someone right away please ring one of the agencies below:

For immediate assistance when life may be in danger

Call 000

For national 24/7 help lines and crisis support counselling:

Link to VVCS Website VVCS
(Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service)

1800 011 046
ADF All Hours Support Line Logo ADF All Hours Support Line
1800 628 036
Lifeline Logo Lifeline
13 11 14
Mens Line Logo Mens Line
1300 78 99 78
1800 Respect Logo National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line
1800 737 732
Kids Helpline Logo Kids Help Line (for 5-25yrs)
1800 55 1800
Suicide Callback Logo Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

If you are feeling overwhelmed or not sure what to do, try “Staying Calm” to help you regain control of your thoughts and help you think things through.

Treatment When You Need It

DVA can pay for treatment for certain mental health conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as related to service. This is known as non-liability health care. The conditions covered are:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder; and
  • Substance Use Disorder

Non-liability health care is available to anyone who has served as a permanent member of the ADF.

DVA can pay for your treatment for these mental health conditions before, during, or after you make a compensation claim, or if you never make a compensation claim.

Call DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 or visit to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Watch or read “Staying calm” here

Once you have watched or read “Staying calm” you may be able to think about how you are going to talk to someone that you trust.


Who can I talk to?

Choose someone you can trust e.g. partner, friend, family member, doctor or VVCS

Plan a time to talk without interruptions or make an appointment. Remember to tell the person you are going to talk to that it is important.

Consider taking someone you trust with you to an appointment with a doctor or counsellor.

Plan what you are going to say and be honest. Discuss ideas that could help your situation.

Listen to what your friend, partner or counsellor is saying in response. Remember that they want you to feel better.