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Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling is Australia’s leading provider of high quality mental health assessment, clinical counselling and support services for Australian veterans and their families, as well as some reservists and peacekeepers.

Open Arms focuses on meeting client needs through a combination of proven clinical practices and new and emerging evidence-based approaches.

Helpline

If you are looking for counselling and support services, call Open Arms 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

If you’re outside Australia please phone +61 1800 011 046. If the country you are calling from doesn't enable calls to 1800 numbers, you can call +61 8 8241 4546.

Calling from overseas may incur a cost to the caller depending on their carrier agreement.

Find out more:

If you want to find out more about Open Arms and their range of mental health support services please visit www.openarms.gov.au. For regular updates and to stay in touch with the service please follow their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

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Last reviewed: September 2020

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Who we help | Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling

Open Arms provides free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, their family, their partner and ex-partners.

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Get support | Open Arms

Open Arms has a range of specialised services to provide the support and care you need, with staff who understand veteran and military culture.

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Alcohol and substance use | Open Arms

If your alcohol or drug use is becoming a problem for you or those around you, there are strategies and tools you can use to get it under control.

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Apps and online resources | Open Arms

There are many resources online that can help you. Open Arms administers a range of apps and websites to assist in maintaining mental and physical health of veterans and their families.

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Counselling | Open Arms

Open Arms can provide individual, couple and family counselling to help improve your resilience, as well as enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Call 1800 011 046 for free and confidential 24/7 support.

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Gambling | Open Arms

Almost everyone gambles from time to time. However, gambling can become a problem for some people when they have trouble setting limits on the time and money involved. If you’re worried about your gambling, find out more about gambling problems and how you can get them under control.

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Manage pain and injury | Open Arms

Military service is physically demanding, so when you leave the ADF you may have a physical injury. A range of veteran-specific services and support are available from DVA to help you get on with a healthy and active civilian life.

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Drink responsibly | Open Arms

For many Australians, alcohol is a part of social and cultural activities. Responsible drinking is about moderating and managing your alcohol consumption in healthy ways.

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Ex-serving | Open Arms

Open Arms can help you work through mental health and wellbeing issues after you’ve left the service.

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Community and peer program | Open Arms

Open Arms Community and Peer Advisors have ‘lived experience’ and work collaboratively with veterans, family supports, community agencies and mental health clinicians.

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