Open Arms provides free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, and their families. Open Arms' counselling and support services are available to:

  • current serving

    Current serving

    Open Arms can help you build resilience, and enhance your mental health and wellbeing.
  • ex serving rob


    Open Arms can help you work through mental health and wellbeing issues after you’ve left the service.
  • partner


    Open Arms supports partners and some ex-partners of anyone who has served at least one day with the Australian Defence Force.
  • transitioning

    Transitioning from the ADF

    Transitioning to civilian life can present unique challenges for even the most accomplished veteran - counselling and group programs can help.
  • family picnic


    Open Arms offers counselling support for veterans and their families to help build strong and healthy relationships.
  • NAVY children


    Being the son or daughter of a veteran can lead to a unique childhood. If your parents are serving or ex-serving, services and resources are available, regardless of your age.
  • concerned dad

    Parents of veterans

    No matter how old your kids are, you never stop caring. This page provides resources for parents of those in the serving and ex-serving community, and steps you can take to support your son or daughter.
  • Siblings

    Brothers and sisters

    The sibling bond is often strong. This page provides resources for siblings of serving and ex-serving ADF members, and some steps you can take to support your brother or sister.
  • Employers


    A growing number of Australian organisations understand that employing veterans and service families makes good business sense. Open Arms has a range of employee services that can complement your existing people services.