For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you are a veteran or service member and in a crisis, No Duff can help.
How To Take Care Of Yourself
Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations during or after military service.
Ask for help:
Don’t be afraid to let your friends know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also reach out to confidential veteran-specific services like the No Duff Helpline,
or text / call 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor?
No Duff has volunteers across Australasia that understand, and in many cases have experienced for themselves, the unique challenges of service life. We can help connect you with people who are happy to sit down and talk.
Make A Safety Plan:
Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. Also see our get support page for other organisations who may be able to help.
How To Help A Veteran
Ask and listen:
Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If a they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings, and acknowledge that their situation must be difficult (even if you don’t necessarily understand). Let them talk without judgment.
Seek help – see our get support page for options.
Get them help and take care of yourself:
Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The No Duff Help Line is available both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones. Also see our get support page for other organisations who may be able to help.
Everyone deals with pain differently. A simple act of kindness to the veteran in your life can help that person feel less alone.
Make A Safety Plan:
A safety plan is designed to guide you through a crisis. As you continue through the steps, you can get help and feel safer. Keep your plan easily accessible in case you have thoughts of hurting yourself – and see our get support page for organisations to talk to.
Recognize your personal warning signs:
What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviours indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in your own words. Seek help when you recognise them occurring.
Socialize with others who may offer support as well as distraction from the crisis:
List people and social settings that may help take your mind off difficult thoughts or feelings. Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a crisis: Make a list of people who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress.
Contact organisations who may be able to help:
See our get support page for a list of suggested organisations who can help.