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    Who we help

    Mental health support for Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, veterans & their families
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    What to expect

    Open Arms specialises in giving you access to free face-to-face counselling as soon as possible. We are committed to your privacy and confidentiality and will not share information with DVA without your consent.
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    Confidentiality and privacy

    Open Arms offers free and confidential counselling, and in some circumstances working with the DVA or ADF.


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    Open Arms can provide individual, couple and family counselling to help improve your resilience, as well as enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Call 1800-011-046 for free and confidential 24/7 support.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

    Open Arms offers group treatment programs and educational workshops, relationship retreats, and suicide prevention workshops.
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    Community and peer program

    Open Arms Community and Peer Advisors have ‘lived experience’ and work collaboratively with veterans, family supports, community agencies and mental health clinicians.
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    Self-help tools

    These tools provide practical information and exercises for those affected by mental health or trauma to help improve wellbeing.

Signs and symptoms

There are a range of warning signs to look out for that may prevent you from being your best. If you are feeling down or anxious, or worried about what you are doing - there are things you can do, and support is available.

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    Meet Leonie Nowland, National Manager of Open Arms

    Being in a position to help veterans and families who may be in similar situations to what I experienced is one of the reasons I was thrilled to join VVCS, now Open Arms in 2007. To be National Manager of Open Arms is the pinnacle of my career. 
  • Meet the Melbourne office

    When you reach out to us there are a number of ways we can offer support. As well as phone counselling and online programs, we have offices all over Australia staffed by people who understand the military experience. Get to know some of our Melbourne staff supporting veterans.

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    Celebrating 40 years

    ‘Today’s celebration is an opportunity for us to reflect on the achievements of the Vietnam veterans who founded the service, and celebrate a service that continues to evolve to meet the needs of veterans and their families,’ said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel.

Open Arms for health professionals

Open Arms provides training and support to all our counsellors, to enable the ongoing delivery of high quality mental health assessment and clinical counselling for Australian veterans and their families