Mental Health Services
This page lists quality mental health services and support available to veterans.
If you, or someone you know, need immediate mental health support, you can contact:
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- Open Arms (current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families are able to seek this free and confidential support) – 1800 011 046
- ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line (for current serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 628 036.
- Safe Zone Support (for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families) – 1800 142 072. When you call Safe Zone Support, you do not need to identify yourself if you do not want to.
- Defence Member and Family Helpline: 1800 624 608
Open Arms offers a range of free group programs to assist the serving and ex-serving community, as well as their families live their best life. Call 1800 011 046 to speak with an Open Arms staff member for assistance in finding the right program for you. Its range of group activities include group treatment programs, online groups, relationship retreats and suicide intervention education workshops which can be viewed here.
National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare
The National Centre for Veteran’s Health (NCVH) specialises in administering tailored healthcare for veterans, recognising that they often need very different care to the general public. Located at Concord Hospital, its wide range of specialist services include psychiatry and psychology. Read more.
The partner charity of RSL NSW, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services, specialises in supporting veterans and their families with various services that focus on providing a lifetime of wellbeing. Read more.
While RSL sub-Branches do not offer mental health crisis support, they provide camaraderie and can assist with connecting you to these services, including those delivered locally in your area. The contact details for your local sub-Branch can be found by clicking on this link.