New resources for coping with trauma in military families


The Departments of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has launched a series of five information booklets for families of serving, transitioning, or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who are experiencing mental health concerns following trauma.

Trauma can have a profound impact on the families of serving, transitioning or ex-serving member, including children. The new resources were designed to provide practical information to help a loved one affected by trauma. The booklets aim to assist with strengthening family relationships in addition to supporting the well-being of the family member

The new booklets were developed in partnership with Phoenix Australia, through a collaborative process involving DVA, members of the veteran and defence community, families affected by trauma, Open Arms Veteran & Families Counselling and the Defence Community Organisation.

These booklets will be an important resource for families whose members have experienced trauma and are free to download at DVA’s online well-being portal, At-Ease: