There is a mental health support network for current and ex-serving ADF members and their families to access when they need it. Your Chain of Command or ADF Transition Officer can connect you to Defence programs and other support providers specialising in military health. Below are some services you can access for mental health support.
The All-hours Support Line is a confidential telephone service for you and your family. A qualified mental health professional will direct you to ADF or civilian mental health services to suit your needs. This includes psychology, medical, social work, and chaplain services. Call 1800 628 036.
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offers free and confidential counselling and support for service-related mental health and wellbeing conditions. The service is available nationwide, anytime. Support is also available for relationship and family matters that can arise due to the unique nature of military service. Call 1800 011 046.
The ADF Health and Wellbeing Portal 'Fighting Fit' directs you to Defence websites about ADF health. The portal includes information specifically for Commanders, Reservists, ADF members preparing for deployment, veterans, families, and health professionals.
Joint Health Command delivers a range of mental health services including mental health promotion, training, prevention, early identification, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Program delivers workplace education to minimise problematic use of alcohol and other drugs amongst ADF members.
In many cases, the first step in accessing services for treatment of anxiety, depression, or related conditions will be a consultation with your GP. Your GP can work with you to write a Mental Health Treatment Plan and refer you to a mental health specialist such as a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, or psychiatrist.
At Ease can help veterans, ADF personnel, and family members identify the symptoms of not coping. When you need to reach out, seek treatment or identify effective ways to move forward, At Ease can provide tips, treatment options and resources.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Beyond Blue is independent from Defence and can support you and your family if you're experiencing anxiety, depression, or suicide risk.