Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support

If you or someone you love is suffering from anger or anxiety, trouble sleeping, increased aches and pains, alcohol or gambling addictions, suicidal thoughts or social isolation, these may be signs of PTSD or a mental health issue. The important thing to remember is that you aren’t alone and asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

Regardless of how or when you served, the RSL will help you find support – whether you are a member or not. Our free services come without judgement from people who have stood where you are now.
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Sub Branch network

RSL Sub Branches provide a place where you can link with others who have ‘been there’ to talk about issues and challenges you may not be able to discuss at home or at work. With 240 Sub Branches across the state, a like-minded mate is never too far away. Our members reach out to those who are hurting or who need an emotional ‘leg up’ regardless of whether they are members of the RSL. find a sub branch


Home and hospital visits

RSL’s staff and volunteers will come to you – where and when you need us most. We will come to your home or to your hospital bed if you are anxious about going outside, sick or recovering.  
Our staff and Sub Branch volunteers help by:
  • Providing mateship
  • Providing advice about the transition to civilian life
  • Assisting with simple jobs around the house
  • Facilitating access to home help
  • Helping with transition from hospital back to home
  • Arranging doctor’s visits
  • Providing transport to shops or appointments.

If needed, our trained staff will also assist with paperwork to ensure you receive your full DVA entitlements Request a Home or Hospital Visit


Short-term and crisis accommodation

It is not unusual for some of our veterans and those who have served find themselves in financial trouble and in need of a place to stay. Owned and operated by RSL Queensland, Angus House in Brisbane and Nui Dat House on the Gold Coast provide emergency accommodation if you need a place to rest, recover, or get away for a while. Request Accommodation Assistance


Bereavement assistance

When it comes time to lay a serviceman or woman to rest, our staff and volunteers are there for the families. Our Poppy funeral services ensure those who have served are remembered with the Ode and the Last Post as a special recognition that they are joining others who have sacrificed in their service. As well as providing counselling and assistance with military funeral arrangements, our support includes regular visits, assistance with odd jobs around the home, or connecting you with others who can help. We will also help with access to widow and family entitlements.

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More Help? Here are more support options available to you.

Defence Community Organisation

Staffed by social workers, teachers, and Military Support Officers, DCO provides:

  • critical incident support for death or illness of ADF members;
  • short-term counselling and referrals for family and relationship issues;
  • crisis support
  • specialist relocation and posting support - preparing for and making moves, connecting with the community, advice on schools and support available to Defence children
  • deployment and managing absence support-how to assist children and families managing the Defence lifestyle, scheduling of support events
  • advice on DCO National Programs in relation to education assistance, child care, partner employment, community grants
  • support to units on base.
DCO provides a 24 hour emergency hotline for currently serving members and their family.

  1800 624 608 (24 hrs)

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) ‘At Ease’ website

At Ease assists veterans, ADF personnel, and family members to identify the symptoms of not coping after deployment. At Ease provides tips, treatment options and resources on challenges including loneliness, relationship issues, violence, anger and depression. It also has clinical resources for health professionals who may be treating members of the veteran and Defence community.

Diggers Rest - A Soldiers Retreat

Located on 22 acres of bushland in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. With free of charge accommodation in a fully self-contained cabin, Diggers Rest provides respite for body, mind and soul for Defence personnel, past and present, and their family. Children are welcome and can participate in all aspects of farm life – collecting eggs, feeding calves, grooming horses. Camping facilities are also available. Service Dogs welcome.

  0488 280 884

Legacy Brisbane

Provides a range of support services to the families of veterans who have given their life or their health in service to the Australian Defence force. Legacy’s traditional services are to the families of deceased veterans- supporting widows and their children to move forward with their lives despite the loss of their loved one. Legacy’s family support program provides services for families with an ex-service veteran who has sustained a wound, illness or injury (most commonly PTS) as a result of their service. This program empowers families to re-establish resilience, structure and stability in the face of many challenges. Services include: emotional support and guidance, practical and financial assistance and service coordination, information and referral.

  07 3029 5600


Supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their immediate families, who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. In a family friendly environment, Mates4Mates provides a range of Psychological Services; Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitative Adventure Challenges; and Social Connection Activities.

Mates4Mates is an initiative of RSL Queensland.

  1300 4 MATES (62837)

Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

A Nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the Australian Defence Forces offering support, friendship, information and understanding.

  1300 553 835

Red Shield Defence Services

Part of the Salvation Army, RSDS’ “Sallymen” work on base and during deployments to provide non-Defence associated support to address morale, wellbeing, health and spirituality needs. Programs delivered by RSDS include Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Assistance, Family and Personal Support and Professional Youth Support.

  0407 830 488

Soldier On

Assists veterans who are dealing with issues of isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and homelessness. Core programs include reintegration services, group counselling, yoga and physical training, confidence building programs and return to work activities.

  07 5525 0798

Survive to Thrive Program

This online training program was developed by a former serviceman from first-hand military experience of learning to survive and thrive with PTSD, anxiety, depression and transitioning from military to civilian life. It is suitable for current or former military members and their partners and helps participants understand common mental health conditions arising from military service and training and how they impact behaviour. The program aims to provide skills to build emotional resilience to overcome adversity. It also explains what to expect in civilian life and how to handle issues before serious problems occur.

  07 3863 4086

Toowong Private Hospital

For a number of years now Dr Khoo and the TPH team have been running programs for Trauma Recovery (PTSD), Alcohol Abuse / Dependence, CBT Depression /  Anxiety and Anger for Veterans and ADF personnel. Our Trauma recovery program also includes a partners component. Often trauma has a negative impact on the family and it is therefore important that partners have input into recovery. In the past 10 years our courses have assisted over 700 veterans and ADF personnel from around QLD and NSW to not only improve their quality of life but also gain a sense of control over their lives. In order to attend a program at Toowong Private Hospital a medical referral is required either from a Psychiatrist or General Practitioner.

  07 3721 8055

Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Service (VVCS)

VVCS provides free and confidential, nationwide counselling and support - including group programs - for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and anger. VVCS counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can work with clients to find effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.

  1800 011 046 (24hrs)

Veterans Care

Provides pastoral care, education in holistic health and wellbeing services to assist in the transition to civilian life.

  0403 270 515

Whiskey’s Wish

Provides training of and fully trained service dogs to assist former servicemen and women, first responders and emergency personnel with mobility assistance, such as opening and closing doors, providing stability while walking, and picking up and retrieving items; as well as emotional support such as providing a buffer in public spaces and calming panic attacks and nightmares.

  0428 368 390

Young Diggers

Young Diggers provides a variety of support services and programs to help serving and ex-serving personnel of the Australian Defence Force, their dependents and direct family members. Our key programs are The Young Diggers Dog Squad and Drive for Diggers.

  0408 196 218