Healthy relationships enhance everyone’s wellbeing in the family unit. That’s why Open Arms counselling is available to partners and families of current and ex-serving ADF personnel, including children and adult children (e.g. the son or daughter of a Vietnam veteran).

Veterans' families

Our counselling services can help you build strong and healthy relationships at all stages of family life, including:

  • the absence of a parent during deployment, and adjusting when they return home
  • helping children with concerns around changes and stressors like making friends at a new school
  • understanding, identifying and working through trauma
  • transitioning from the Australian Defence Force to civilian life
  • working through relationship breakdowns and challenges
  • building a blended family
  • supporting the family of a serving member who has died

All Open Arms counsellors understand military culture, the unique demands of military service and its impact on military families. Some counsellors have had military experience themselves.

Call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 to learn how we can help you build a happy, healthy and resilient family.

See also

  • navy family

    Helping you and your family

    As a partner or family member of a serving or ex-serving member, a range of support services are available to help you and your family.
  • worried about someone else

    Helping someone you care for

    If you are worried about a family member or friend, resources and strategies are available to help you talk to, and care for a loved one.
  • worried about how you are feeling

    When a different person comes home

    Deployment affects everyone differently. As the family member of a veteran, you're in the best position to notice subtle behavioural changes that may indicate bigger issues
  • Loss

    Sadly, some families of serving members and veterans have to deal with the loss of their loved one. Strategies and assistance for coping with your loss can help get you through these difficult times.