Coping with trauma in a military family

These books aim to provide practical information to help a loved one affected by trauma. They are a resource to support the wellbeing of the family member, as well as strengthen relationships within the family unit.

Trauma can have a profound impact on the families of serving, transitioning or ex-serving member, including children.

“Help is available...it’s important that families know they don’t have to get through this on their own.” Ms Anne-Laure Couineau (Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Director)

    This booklet is for the partners of serving, transitioning, or ex-serving members of the ADF who have been affected by trauma.
    This booklet is for parents or care-givers who are serving, transitioning, or ex-serving members of the ADF and are managing the impacts of trauma.
    This booklet is for the parents of a serving, transitioning, or ex-serving member of the ADF who has been affected by trauma.
    This booklet is intended for adolescents (aged 13–17 year) who have a parent or caregiver who is a serving, transitioning, or an ex-serving member of the ADF experiencing mental health difficulties following trauma.
    This booklet is intended for children 9-12 years of age who have a parent or caregiver who is a serving, transitioning, or an ex-serving member of the ADF experiencing mental health difficulties following trauma

       The books were developed through a collaborative process led by Phoenix Australia involving:

    • Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Members of the veteran and defence community
    • Families affected by trauma
    • Open Arms
    • Defence Community Organisation