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

Support for partners

Open Arms can help you develop practical skills to support your own mental health and wellbeing.

Our services are free and confidential and can be provided independently, or include your partner.

Open Arms is also here in the unfortunate event that your partner is injured or has died.

Support for ex-partners

Open Arms supports ex-partners who are:

  • co-parenting a child under 18 years of age with someone who has served, or
  • within five years after the relationship has ended.

Support for your partner

As a partner or ex-partner, you are often in the best position to notice when your partner has:

  • difficulty adjusting to ‘normal life’ in Australia
  • challenges in transitioning to civilian life after leaving the ADF
  • anger control issues
  • depression and anxiety
  • substance and alcohol misuse
  • trauma or PTSD.

Improving relationships and communication

Open Arms counselling and group programs can help you with:

  • building positive relationships
  • managing separation due to deployment
  • readjusting when your partner returns home, and
  • transitioning to civilian life.

Let us help

If you are worried about your partner or ex-partner, having a strategy to talk through the situation may help.

See: Helping someone you care for

For support, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

See also

  • 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.
  • PTSD and relationships

    The more you know about posttraumatic stress, the easier it is to live a more normal life with someone who has PTSD.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

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