“With professional intervention, I was able to tell somebody what was in my head, and I found that really, really helpful. It was so good to get it out.”
Military service is a unique and rewarding experience, and it has many benefits for those who serve – including a sense of camaraderie, purpose, and the opportunity to serve our country. By its very nature, however, this service also sometimes places personnel in harm's way, including exposure to mental health risk.
Early treatment of mental health issues is important for everyone. Within the military, however, there are barriers that may prevent you from seeking help early. In particular, you may be concerned about the impact it could have on your career.
Making the move to civilian life can come with many challenges. Finding suitable work, connecting with family and friends, and coping with past experiences can be difficult. However, there is support available. There are 24-hour help lines, chat forums, and information available through major mental health organisations and veteran-specific support organisations.
If you are struggling, it is important to get help now. The sooner you begin your path to recovery, the sooner you can restore your mental wellbeing.
There are resources further down this page to help you get started. We also have information on how to seek support.