Social and emotional well-being is an important part of overall health. Managing everyday stressors such as family, financials, and work can be a lot for anyone. Veterans, Service Members and their families can also face unique challenges. Everyone needs help sometimes. However, the first step isn’t always obvious.
That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed the Veteran Self-Help Online Portal. The portal provides free, confidential tools to help Veterans and other members of the military community overcome everyday challenges, improve relationships and deal with stressful situations. The tools are based on proven, in-person courses and therapies. They were developed as convenient online resources that provide the same benefits. They can be used at any time and place you choose in ways that work with your life and schedule.
Your time is valuable. You may be balancing multiple aspects of life including work, school and a family. You may live far from a medical center, or there may be other reasons why getting help is complicated. These resources can make it easier. Learn new ways to navigate times of stress and transition so you can boost your mood and resilience, and focus on your goals and priorities. You can use the tools with your care team as part of ongoing treatment, or on your own.
If you or someone you love is ready to make a change, visit the resources below:
Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges
Making big decisions or dealing with change can be stressful, regardless of the nature of the decision. Moving Forward teaches you a step-by-step process to solve problems. You can learn to better handle negative emotions, make confident decisions and unlearn bad habits that get in your way.
Anger & Irritability Management Skills (AIMS)
Anger can have an impact on all aspects of your life, but it doesn’t have to define you. AIMS can help you proactively manage your anger. Learn behaviors and habits to help you approach difficult situations more calmly and better understand your anger triggers.
Parenting for Service Members and Veterans
Military and Veteran families face stress unique to military life in addition to everyday parenting challenges. Parenting for Service Members and Veterans can help you reconnect with your children and strengthen your parenting and communication skills.
Path to Better Sleep
Poor sleep is a larger health issue that can lead to poor job performance, relationship troubles and long-term health problems. Path to Better Sleep provides cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi helps you change your thoughts and behaviors around sleep, so you can retrain your body to have a healthy sleep schedule. It is one of the most effective ways of treating insomnia without medication.
The Veteran Online Self-Help Portal was designed by experienced researchers. All of the resources contain stories from real Veterans, Service members and their families who have overcome similar challenges.
Interested in learning more? Visit veterantraining.va.gov.
Thank you to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services (MHS) for contributing this article to The Deployment Diatribes.