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Any individual who is serving or has served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is considered a veteran, whether their service was undertaken within Australia or overseas. All veterans with at least one day permanent or continuous full-time service and their immediate family members are entitled to free and confidential mental health support services for life.
Fitness is a mental exercise
More than just physical
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Current and past full-time members of the ADF may be able to access free mental health treatment. This includes reservists who have at least one day of continuous full-time service (CFTS. You do not need to prove that your ADF service caused the conditions. DVA will cover the cost through Non-Liability Health Care (NLHC).
Mental health treatment can be provided to you by a:
Alcohol or other drug community-based program approved by DVA
Mental Health program by an Occupational therapist,
Mental Health program by a Social Worker,
You will need a Veteran White Card that covers mental health treatment, or a Veteran Gold Card.
Chaplains provide pastoral care and diverse spiritual support.
ADF Chaplains 1300 333 362
Chaplains 1800 24 27 52
OPEN ARMS - Safe Zone Support is a free and anonymous counselling line for all current and ex-serving ADF personnel, veterans and their families. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.