Open Arms supports partners and ex-partners* of those who have served at least one day with the Australian Defence Force.

Support for you as an individual 

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

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

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

Enhancing relationships and communication 

Open Arms offers free and confidential counselling and group programs to help you build positive relationships. Open Arms may assist to strengthen relationships through events like:

  • Being separated through deployment 
  • Readjusting when your partner returns home, and
  • Transitioning to civilian life. 

Helping someone you care for

As a partner or ex-partner, you are often in the best position to notice a change in behaviour of someone you care for. For example you may notice:

  • Difficulty adjusting to the normal tempo of life in Australia
  • Challenges in transitioning to civilian life after leaving the ADF
  • Anger control issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance and alcohol misuse
  • Past trauma and PTSD.

If you are worried about a partner or friend, having a strategy to talk through the situation with them may help. Visit at-ease for advice on how to talk to someone who seems to have changed.

To learn how we can help you, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

*Open Arms will support ex-partners while co-parenting a child under 18 years of age with someone who has served, or for five years after the relationship has ended.