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New app to help manage mental health

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A smartphone app to help serving and former ADF members manage immediate responses to stress and help build resilience has been developed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in partnership with Defence.

Director Strategic and Operational Mental Health Col Nicole Sadler said the increased popularity of online and mobile mental health advice had led to the development of tools specifically for current and former ADF personnel.

 
“The High Res app forms part of a suite of online and mobile resources being developed by DVA in collaboration with Defence,” she said.

“This includes development of a resilience website due for completion later this year.

“Two other mobile apps, the PTSD Coach Australia and ON TRACK with the Right Mix, are already available.”

Col Sadler said military service posed unique mental stresses and High Res offered tools to manage stress on-the-go and build mental strength over time. 

“This will be particularly helpful for those managing the daily stresses of service career, deployment, injury, transition to civilian life and life post-service,” she said.

“The High Res app is based on Defence’s Battle SMART (Self-Management and Resilience Training) program, which adapts evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy tools for daily stress management and resilience training.

“The app allows users to ‘test and adjust’ their responses to stressful situations and build resilience, and also allows individuals access to mental health tools at any time, including on operations.”

Col Sadler said there was potential within Defence to use High Res across a variety of settings, based on the broad applicability of the stress management and resilience building tools.

“The app can be personalised according to whether the user is a serving, ex-serving or a family member,” she said. 

“The app will be promoted during the resilience and mental health training available to all ADF members, as well as through health providers, noting it is a self-help tool and not designed to replace professional help. 

“This free app complements the comprehensive range of mental health and wellbeing services available to ADF members and their families.”

Sgt Noel Butler, a psychological examiner at Joint Health Command, said if people weren’t mentally fit they couldn’t perform at their best. 

“I think High Res has something to offer everyone because, like physical fitness, you have to keep working at mental fitness,” he said.

High Res is free to download from the iOS App Store and Android Google Play.

Click here for further information on Defence’s Fighting Fit health and wellbeing portals on the internet.

Last updated
7 December 2016
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