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ADF Post-discharge GP health assessment

Everybody who has served a day in the ADF is entitled to a full health assessment by a GP. You can have the assessment at any time after you have left the ADF.

Loneliness

Loneliness is not the same as being alone – you can be alone without feeling lonely, and on the other hand you can be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel lonely.

Relationship issues

Maybe you’ve pulled away from your friends or family, and you’re not talking to them as much, or you’re avoiding events where you’d usually catch up. Or maybe you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with the people around you.

Violence

Some people get violent when they get angry, need to feel in control, feel betrayed or feel afraid. But violence is never acceptable. If you think you might have a problem with violence, taking responsibility for your actions is the first step.

Anger

We all get angry sometimes; it's part of being human. But if anger is expressed in ways that are harmful to ourselves or someone else, or persists for a long time, it can become a problem. 

Troubled by memories

After a distressing or traumatic experience, it’s normal to go over and over what happened and even to have dreams about it. If it gets too much, you might deliberately try to block it out and force yourself to think of something else.

When a 'different person' comes home

When a serving member is deployed overseas (or is away for long periods during training) the whole family can be affected. Family members left behind have to deal with missing the serving member.

Feeling down

It’s normal to feel sad or ‘blue’ from time to time. However, when these feelings of sadness are so intense or stick around for a such a long time that it's hard for you to work, socialise, or take care.

Helping your family

If you need urgent help, call 000 or the national domestic violence hotline on 1800 200 526. For family members of serving Defence members Defence Families Australia provides information, advocacy and advice to Defence families.