Depression

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who are experiencing symptoms of depression. For people requiring urgent assistance, please call 000.

Factsheets

This detailed summary handout (PDF)  can be provided to veterans to help them engage in treatment.

For more general information for veterans who are concerned about their mental health, but have not yet engaged in treatment, see At Ease for veterans website.

Understanding Depression

At Ease website is a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) website with information on mental health and wellbeing, and links to DVA and other wellbeing programs, smartphone apps and information booklets. 

Self-help resources

Online programs

  • MoodGYM: A CBT-based interactive program for developing skills to help prevent and manage depression.
  • This Way Up Clinic: A CBT-based treatment program for anxiety and depression that is accessible by a clinician rather than by self-referral. There is a cost to access the program.
  • eCouch: An interactive program with CBT and IPT-based material for depression, worry, social anxiety, relationship difficulties and grief.
  • MindSpot Clinic: A free telephone and online assessment, treatment and referral service for Australian adults experiencing depression or anxiety.
  • High Res website:  Offers a range of interactive tools, self-help resources and videos that helps serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families manage stress and build resilience.

Mobile device apps

  • LifeArmor: Includes information on issues such as posttraumatic stress, relationship issues, depression and sleep. It also has self-assessment measures, tools for managing specific problems and stories from American veterans. It is available for Apple and Android products.
  • T2 Mood Tracker: Allows veterans to self-monitor and track changes in emotional states. It is available for Apple and Android products.
  • High Res app: Offers a range of interactive tools, self-help resources and videos that helps serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families manage stress and build resilience.  Available for free, from iOS App Store and Google Play.
  • Operation Life: Designed by DVA to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician. Available for free, from iOS App Store and Google Play.

Recommended reading and online information

Consumer and carer guidelines