• Open Arms Clinician

    COVID-19 update

    We remain available to anyone in the veteran community who needs support or someone to talk to. We offer a range of telehealth options including telephone or video counselling and peer support. Face-to-face counselling is also available, except in Melbourne due to current restrictions. If you are feeling unwell or have concerns about attending an appointment in person, please call us to reschedule or arrange telehealth support.

    Please call our 24/7 support line on 1800 011 046 to find out more.
    See also: COVID-19 calming and coping

Mental health and wellbeing support for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families

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    Current serving

    Open Arms can help you build resilience, and enhance your mental health and wellbeing.
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    Open Arms can help you work through mental health and wellbeing issues after you’ve left the service.
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    Open Arms offers counselling support for veterans and their families to help build strong and healthy relationships.

Signs and symptoms

There are a range of warning signs to look out for that may be 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.

  • Counselling

    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.
  • Eligibility

    If you have served in the ADF, you, your partner and your children can access support through Open Arms.
  • 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 set to expand with $5 million budget boost

    The Australian Government has allocated $5.0 million in this year’s budget to expand Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling mental health and suicide prevention services.
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    Protecting our protectors

    National Manager of Open Arms, Dr Stephanie Hodson spoke with Kim Borrowdale from LivingWorks recently about some common challenges in the defence and military communities, and protecting veterans from suicide.
  • Online programs

    Introductory group workshops online

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced online workshop options for conditions including anxiety, anger, sleep, pain management and trauma.

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