Other common complaints

Sleep difficulties

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who have sleep difficulties.

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.

Recommended reading and online resources

  • At Ease is DVA’s portal to online mental health information. It provides self-help tools and information to support mental health and wellbeing and is a gateway to websites and free mobile apps about stress, PTSD, alcohol management, resilience and suicide awareness and prevention. 
  • Harvard Healthy Sleep: includes information and interviews with experts on the importance and science of sleep, as well as tips for improving sleep.
  • Sleep Health Foundation: includes information and factsheets on a range of issues associated with sleep and ways of managing them.
  • Australasian Sleep Association: provides information on common sleep problems, and has links to a range of sleep services across Australia.
  • High Res is an interactive online DVA Self-Management and Resilience Training (SMART) toolbox which includes a module on healthy sleep.  There is also a High Res app available from the iOS App Store and Google Play.
  • Mental Health Advice Book: Assists health practioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans
 

Problem gambling

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans for whom gambling is a problem.

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.

Recommended reading and online resources

  • Gambling Help Online: provides psychoeducation and self-help resources such as tools to help veterans make decisions about quitting or reducing gambling and tips to manage gambling.
  • Mental Health Advice Book: Assists health practioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans.
 

Problematic anger and aggression

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who have problematic anger and aggression.

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.

Recommended reading and online resources

  • DVA Mental Health videos - Anger: current and ex-serving members of the ADF share real stories of their experiences with problematic anger.
  • DVA Mental Health videos - Physical and emotional abuse: current and ex-serving members of the ADF share real stories of their experiences with physical and emotional abuse.
  • High Res is an interactive online DVA Self-Management and Resilience Training (SMART) toolbox resilience website which includes a module on defusing anger.  There is also a High Res app available from the iOS App Store or Google Play.
  • Managing differences and conflict: Relationships Australia provides information on problematic anger and when to seek help.
  • Safe from violence (PDF) : a Relationships Australia guide for women following separation
  • MensLine Australia: a telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns.
  • Mental Health Advice Book: Assists health practioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans.

Grief

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who have grief and bereavement Issues.

Factsheets

Please refer to the following detailed summary handout (PDF)  on complicated grief that can help veterans 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.

Recommended reading and online resources

 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who have a TBI.

Factsheets

These detailed summary handouts (PDF) can be provided to veterans to help them engage in treatment: Concussion and mild TBI, Moderate and severe TBI.

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

Recommended reading and online resources

  • US Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Centre:  Contains information sheets on a range of issues relating to traumatic brain injury for veterans and their families.
  • TBI:  An American website with factsheets, animation and videos for patients and their carers.
  • Brain Injury Australia: is an advocacy service with information and resources for people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.
  • Mental Health Advice Book: Assists health practioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans.