Peer stories

Open Arms' peer advisors have a wealth of experience and stories to share about their own journeys of service, recovery and living well.

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    Meet our peers

    Hear the stories of Tom (Navy), Tim (Army) and Toni (Air Force) as they share insights from their own experience of transitioning from the military, as well as the value of seeking support.

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    Reflections of the Australian War Memorial

    Some of our peer advisors reflect on exhibitions from the Australian War Memorial that hold significance for them.
  • Bree

    Introduction to art therapy

    Bree is one of our Community & Peer Advisors in Art Therapy and Creative Practices. She is currently researching the broad range of benefits that Art Therapy can bring to Open Arms clients.
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    What 'square away' means to Kris

    ‘Square Away’ is a familiar term to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and for many it remains meaningful when they return to civilian life. Army veteran Kris explains what it means to him.
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    What 'square away' means to Kate

    ‘Square Away’ is a familiar term to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and for many it remains meaningful when they return to civilian life. As the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and spouse of an army veteran, Kate explains what it means to her.
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    What 'square away' means to Zak

    ‘Square Away’ is a familiar term to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and for many it remains meaningful when they return to civilian life. Navy veteran Zak explains what it means to him.