Ex-serving

If you have transitioned from full-time service in the Army, Navy or Air force you can request support from Open Arms, even if you are still part of the reserves.

Open Arms can provide individual, couples and family counselling. Group programs are also available and can help improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Open Arms counsellors understand you

All Open Arms counsellors do training to assist them to understand the demands of military service. Some have military experience and know what you might be going through. This helps us deliver support and care that meets your unique needs.

Common concerns

Open Arms can help you work though a range of issues, including:

  • Difficulty adjusting to the tempo of normal life
  • Challenges transitioning to civilian life after leaving the ADF
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Managing anger
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance and alcohol misuse
  • Past trauma and PTSD.

Sometimes, you may not be able to put your finger on what’s going on. You might just feel that something isn’t quite right. That’s OK. Open Arms counselling or group programs can help you make sense of what you’re feeling. 

For free support, 24 hours a day, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

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
It's normal to feel stressed, anxious, angry or sad from time to time. If these feelings are making it hard for you or your partner to deal with daily life there are things you can do to help recognise the signs and manage them.