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Support

Crisis support


If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please contact one of the following services.

Triple zero (000)

Contact Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else.

Contact your nearest Emergency Department

If you need immediate medical help or your feel like you may hurt yourself.

Open Arms

1800 011 046

Veterans & Families Counselling

Open Arms provides free 24-hour counselling and support to veterans and their families.

Safe Zone Support

1800 142 072

Veterans & Families Counselling

Access to anonymous counselling free of charge.

ADF Mental Health

1800 628 036

All-hours Support Line

This is confidential 24-hour telephone service for Australian Defence Force members and their families.

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14

24-hour crisis support line

Offers an online chat service every night from 6pm to midnight (AEST).

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

Free 24-hour counselling service for suicide prevention and mental health

Available via telephone, online and by video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts.

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Free, immediate, short-term counselling

Advice and referral via telephone, webchat or email 24/7.

Additional resources


The ​following Australian Government-funded services are also available.

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732

National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service

A free 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for anyone experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence.

Fighting Fit

1800 628 036 (all hours support line)

Department of Defence Joint Health Command ADF Health & Wellbeing Portal

Information on ADF Health and Mental Health services and supports, as well as referencing a number of reputable external resources.

IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry and Report

Welfare and support services are available to serving and former Australian Defence Force or Australian Public Service personnel impacted by the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry and Report

DVA free mental health care for veterans

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Information about how to access DVA’s free non-liability mental health care for any current or ex-serving ADF member.

DVA Veteran Mental Health Support Services

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Information and links to mental health supports and services for veterans and their families.

Ex-service organisations

Information and links to find ex-service organisations.

Headspace

An online paid subscription service that teaches users the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with the aim to reduce stress, improve health and happiness.

Head to Health

This site brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources, to help users to find mental health services right for them.

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800

Free and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

MensLine Australia

1300 787 978

Free and confidential telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.

Relationships Australia

1300 364 277

Provides links to state and territory based organisations to assist with relationships.

Soldier On

1300 620 380

Provides support to current and ex-serving personnel and their families relating to health and wellbeing services, employment programs, learning opportunities and participation activities.

Defence Family Helpline

1800 624 608

The Defence Family Helpline is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

It provides support and information for ADF members and their families from qualified human services professionals, including social workers and psychologists.