A concerning proportion of Australian veterans experience chronic mental health conditions. These conditions include depressive and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and can include extreme psychological distress, aggressive behaviours, or suicidality. These conditions not only affect the individual veteran, but have also been found to negatively impact veterans’ family members, including partners, children and parents. In addition, partners of veterans often take on a carer role, and have an increased likelihood of developing mental health conditions themselves.

Understanding mental health, as well as knowledge about resources and methods to access professional help is a vital component in providing support for others as well as monitoring one’s own psychological health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an Australian-developed training program designed to address the widespread lack of knowledge surrounding mental health.  MHFA training teaches participants about general mental health, chronic psychological conditions, behavioural warning signs of distress, and provides information on referring persons to focused mental health services.

The aim of this study is to investigate the utility of MHFA training for families (including spouse/partners and parents) who are supporting an Australian veteran with a mental health condition.

This project is proudly funded by Medibank.

At Medibank, we  are committed to helping Australians improve their health and wellbeing to lead a better quality life.  We recognise the critical role mental health plays in overall wellbeing, and are proud to support GRHF through the Medibank Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund, which aims to support all Australians throughout every stage of life.