Families and peers


Help is out there. And help can make a difference.

60% of serving and ex-serving members who sought mental health care, had a friend or partner suggest they seek care.


  • Call 000 if you or someone else is in danger

If you want to talk to someone

  • Call VVCS on 1800 011 046 for free and confidential counselling
  • ADF All Hours Support Line on 1800 628 036 for ADF members and their families

Helping someone else

If you are worried about a family member or friend, having a strategy to talk through the situation may help.

How to talk to someone who seems to have changed

talking to someone

Support for you, and your family

As a partner, or family member of a serving and ex serving member, there are a range of support services available to you..

Services available to families of ex-serving members of the ADF

Post discharge GP health assessment

This assessment helps your GP identify the early onset of any physical or mental health conditions your friend or family member may be experiencing and provide treatment or refer to other services.

Post discharge GP health assessment

Recognise the signs

A number of different mental health conditions are described here, along with strategies for self-help, as well as professional care.

Thoughts and behaviours that mean more than just a bad day

Open Arms 

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) offers free and confidential counselling.


Lodge a claim to DVA.

High Res

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The Right Mix

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