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Mental health

Who do I contact if I, or someone I know, needs help now?

If you need immediate emergency assistance:

For immediate counselling, advice and support

Contact your GP or a mental health professional to discuss longer-term support options.

Suicide prevention

Any suicide is tragic — as a community there are actions we can take to minimise the likelihood of death by suicide.

DVA provides suicide awareness and prevention support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families who are experiencing or have been affected by the thoughts or actions of suicide.

Find out more about DVA's suicide awareness and prevention support.

Access mental health treatment

Current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, including some Reservists without continuous full-time service, can access treatment for any mental health condition through DVA's Non-Liability Health Care program.

Check your eligibility.

Serving and ex-serving personnel and families

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. The portal also links to a wide range of mental health resources for health professionals and GPs for effective assessment and evidence-based treatment of veterans.

Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling

All veterans with at least one day continuous full time service (CFTS) and their immediate family members are entitled to free confidential mental health support services for life through Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling.

For help, information or to check eligibility for the Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling contact them on 1800 011 046 or visit Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling.

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PTSD Group Programs

DVA provides group treatment programs for PTSD in hospitals across Australia. These programs treat current as well as former serving members of the Australian Defence Force and veterans. To find out more information about these programs you can contact the hospitals directly and speak to the PTSD program coordinators. A list of the programs and relevant contact details are available under "PTSD Group Programs" on AT-Ease.

High Res mobile app and website

High Res is a new suite of resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families.

The High Res website and companion app offers interactive tools and self-help resources to help users cope better with stress, build resilience and bounce back from tough situations. The website also provides a personal 'dashboard' where users can develop a resilience plan, set goals and track their progress.  

The High Res website is available on DVA's AT-Ease mental health portal.

The High Res app is free from the iOS App Store and Android Google Play.

Operation Life—Keep Calm, Stay Safe

Mobile phone with OPERATION Live appThe new Operation Life mobile application (app) is designed to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician.  The app provides on-the-go access to emergency and professional support and self-help tools to help users regain control, keep calm and take action to stay safe.  The app also contains web links to online resources, including information on suicide awareness, prevention training and counselling. 

The app is available free from the App Store or Google Play.

Note: some features of this app may not be accessible on earlier model iOS and Android phones.

For more information about suicide awareness and prevention see the Operation Life Online website.


We've updated The Right Mix

Right mixThe new look The Right Mix website includes self-help tools, useful strategies and motivational goals to help users learn about how to achieve a healthy balance between alcohol consumption, diet and exercise. The new interactive tools can help you:   

  • learn about possible health effects from alcohol consumption
  • identify your drinking levels
  • commit to an action plan and set goals to reduce drinking
  • track drinks collected through the ON TRACK with The Right Mix mobile app.

The companion ON TRACK with The Right Mix app is free from the App Store and Google Play.

Health Providers

Mental Health practitioners can access information on providing services to the ex-service community, resources and professional development via the AT-Ease Professional website.

Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health

For information on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health visit the Council's website.

Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan

For information visit the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan.

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