The Government has launched a digital advertising
campaign to inform current and former members of the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) about accessing free
treatment for five mental health conditions.
“Anyone who has served at least one day of full-time service in the ADF
is eligible for free treatment for post-traumatic stress
disorder, depression, anxiety and alcohol and substance
abuse,” Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said.
“The program is uncapped, fully-funded and you do not
have to prove your condition is related to your service
to access treatment.
“This important Government initiative is helping
veterans access free mental health and we want to reach
as many people as possible with this advertising
Mr Tehan said the campaign would run online and
across social media targeting current ADF members,
veterans and their families.
Anyone wanting more information on how to access this
treatment can phone DVA on 133 254 (metropolitan
callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers) or visit
Immediate assistance can also be provide by the
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS),
which provides free and confidential counselling service
for veterans and their families 24/7 on 1800 011 046.