Ex-serving

If you have transitioned from full-time service in the Navy, Army 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 are trained 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.

See also

  • 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.
  • worried about how you are feeling

    Signs & symptoms

    There are a range of warning signs to look out for that may be precursors to mental health issues. If you are feeling down or anxious, worried about what you are doing, or having issues with everyday life such as poor sleep or pain.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

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