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Support Resource

OPEN ARMS
 Formally VVCS (now known as Open Arms) provides FREE and confidential, nation-wide mental health support services for all current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members (who have at least one day continuous full time service) and their families (full eligibility details available online ). Services include:
 • Counselling for individuals, couples and families
 • 24/7 telephone counselling and support – 1800 011 046
 • Group support and education programs – calendar available online
 • Complex needs management
 Call them on 1800 011 046 or visit their website: http://www.vvcs.gov.au/

 Headspace
 Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. 

At Ease – ADF Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment
 After you have left the Australian Defence Force (ADF), you can access a comprehensive health assessment from your GP to track how you are going. This assessment has been designed specifically for you. It can help your GP identify the early onset of any physical or mental health conditions you may be experiencing and provide treatment or refer you to other services if you need it. Note: There is no ‘time out of service’ restriction.
 
Family Referral Service
 The Family Referral Service (FRS) brings together families, support services, and community resources so that our children and young people are safe and well. They work with all services to find out what best supports young people and families and their children, and what we can do to improve our community resources. If you are a young person or family with children, or an extended family member, we will listen to your needs and refer you to the right service. 

Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
 The Mental Health Line is a single number, state-wide 24-hour mental health telephone access service. Anyone with a mental health issue can use the Mental Health Line to speak with a mental health professional and be directed to the right care for them.
 
Beyondblue Support Services 1300 224 636
 Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia living with anxiety or depression and to achieve their best possible mental health whatever their age and wherever they live. This is a telephone counselling service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. www.beyondblue.org.au
 
Lifeline 13 11 14
 Lifeline is there to provide all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They are committed to empowering you to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope. www.lifeline.org.au

Live Life Get Active
 Live Life Get Active is a private social initiative that looks to build a Fitter, Healthier and Happier Australia and we want people to have fun along the way. Our offering is simple, we provide FREE health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia. We do this with the help of Local Government and Corporate Australia.
 For more information or to check out their FAQ’s please click on https://livelifegetactive.com/faqs.
  
 The Recovery Village:
 https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/veterans/
 (866) 235-4572
 Many men and women who have bravely served our country are sadly left with painful memories they wish they didn't have. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with these thoughts, especially PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that 1 in 10 returning Iraq and Afghanistan war soldiers face problems with alcohol or other drugs. The Recovery Village offers veterans comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis based drug and alcohol rehab, and mental health treatments tailored to the patient’s specific needs.