How can I get help for myself right now?

If you are feeling down and hopeless it can be really hard to ask for help. You may have thoughts about suicide as a solution to your problems. If you are having suicidal thoughts please tell someone you trust. It is important to remember that help and support are available.

For immediate help when life may be in danger call 000

Staying calm video

If you are feeling overwhelmed or not sure what to do, try “Staying Calm” to help you regain control of your thoughts and help you think things through. Once you have watched or read “Staying calm” you may be able to think about how you are going to talk to someone that you trust.

Treatment When You Need It

DVA can pay for treatment for certain mental health conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as related to service. This is known as non-liability health care. The conditions covered are:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder; and
  • Substance Use Disorder

Non-liability health care is available to anyone who has served as a permanent member of the ADF.

DVA can pay for your treatment for these mental health conditions before, during, or after you make a compensation claim, or if you never make a compensation claim.

Call DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 or visit www.dva.gov.au/nlhc to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.