“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 concerns 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 and the possibility of not being deployed.
Transitioning into civilian life can be challenging. Finding suitable employment, relating with family and friends, and coping with past experiences can be difficult and confronting. 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 recovery, the sooner you will regain your mental wellbeing.
Strengthening your overall mental health is one of the most positive things you can do. There are ideas on how to do this in the meaningful life section of this website. We also have information on how to seek support.