AT-Ease fact sheets

A number of Fact Sheets have been developed under the At Ease suite of products. Each fact sheet is available as a PDF document for download.

 

About mental health

Just as our physical health can vary from one day to the next, so can our emotional wellbeing. We can have good or poor mental health and everything in between, often depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re reacting to it. Growing older, career changes, moving interstate, deployment, leaving the defence forces, divorce, grief and loss can all affect our mental health and wellbeing. It’s normal to react to such events in our lives but sometimes our reactions could be a sign of a mental health problem, particularly if they persist.

Alcohol and mental health

Alcohol use is an accepted and often enjoyable part of our lives and Australian culture. However, the misuse of alcohol is one of the leading causes of preventable death in Australia.

Beat anxiety

Such reactions gear you up for action and can help you cope. Sitting an exam, being pulled over for speeding, relationship problems, serious illness, accidents or the death of someone close can make you feel anxious. These feelings tend to pass when the situation is over.

Beat depression

Most of us feel unhappy or sad if we’re disappointed, argued with a friend or are frustrated at work. Sickness or the death of someone close can cause immense grief and sadness. Sometimes we feel ‘down’ or ‘blue’ for no apparent reason. These are normal emotional reactions that tend to last only a limited time.

Debunking the myths

Recent research with veterans has shown that there are a number of myths about veterans’ mental health. Lets look at the real facts.

Family and friends

Your mental health is as important to our wellbeing as our physical health. We can have good or poor mental health and everything in between, often depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re reacting to it.