Recognising the signs

What my family member is dealing with

There are sections of this website where you can find a whole lot of information about different mental health concerns and symptoms. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a guide to the other sections of the website.


Feeling down

  • Feeling flat
  • Lacking energy
  • Nothing feels fun

Feeling anxious

  • Worrying all the time
  • Panic attacks
  • Hiding from the world

Troubled by memories

  • Having nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Blocking out reminders of trauma


  • Grieving
  • Mourning
  • Feeling sad and lonely


  • Feeling frustrated
  • Wound up
  • Agro


  • Difficulties with alcohol
  • Bingeing

Drug use

  • Difficulties with drugs
  • Doctor shopping

Taking risks

  • Taking risks
  • Acting without thinking
  • Risky sex


  • Losing too much money
  • Gambling out of control


  • Feeling desperate
  • Hopeless
  • Thinking about taking their life


  • Getting into fights
  • Hurting the ones they love

Poor sleep

  • Restless nights
  • Nightmares

You might be struggling with some of the same big issues that affect military families. This section of the website presents information on some of the issues that family members of serving defence members, ex-serving members and veterans can face, such as, when a 'different person' comes home.