• DCoE Blog Best of 2014: Posts Worth Re-reading

    It was “Rapid” Robert Feller, National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in World War II, who said, "Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again.”

    Throughout the year, we worked to apply that philosophy to our blog posts. Whether we highlighted new coping tools to help you or your loved one recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), different techniques to help surmount posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or more effective treatments, therapies and practices, the DCoE Blog team strived to feature important information for you and your family.

  • Australians Present e-Mental Health Challenges, Solutions
    OnTrack by eMHPrac
    Photo by eMHPrac

    With a population of just eight people per square mile, providing health care to remote regions has long been a challenge for Australia, a researcher from Australia’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation told attendees last week at a brown-bag lunch hosted by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

    After its mailing of a manual in 1980 resulted in a decline in alcohol abuse, the University of Queensland realized that remote health programs could be effective, said the researcher, David Kavanagh. Queensland’s program, On Track, is now available online with additional offerings that include depression, diabetes and disaster challenges. Kavanagh is also a psychology professor at the university, where he has developed and tested methods of remote mental health service delivery for the last 20 years.

  • Virtual Hope Box Mobile App Grows in Popularity
    Click to learn more about the Virtual Hope Box mobile application

    A free smartphone app that helps people in crisis remember good things in their lives has been downloaded 13,000 times in the past six months, according to data from app stores.

    That’s good news for experts at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), which developed the Virtual Hope Box app to help users manage stress. The user-friendly app contains sections for relaxation, games for distraction and inspiring quotes. Users can upload photographs, music and messages to themselves about coping with particular challenges.

  • Are You Stuck? Learn Coping Skills to Help You Move Forward
    A service member crawls through a mud pit
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick K. Irions

    Moving Forward is a website that offers education and life coaching for military members. It was developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as part of the Defense Department and VA initiative to provide collaborative and integrated mental health services to service members and veterans. Moving Forward helps you better understand your own problem-solving abilities and teaches new skills to overcome obstacles in life, both big and small.

    Below, Dr. Pam Murphy, a licensed psychologist and project lead at T2 for Moving Forward, describes the training through a series of questions we thought a service member or veteran might ask if given the chance to speak with her.

    What is Moving Forward and where can I find it?
  • Web TV Show Focuses on Military Mental Health
    Service member greets wife and baby
    U.S. Army photo by 1st. Lt. John C. Maham

    Capt. Wanda Finch, division chief for psychological health advocacy at Deployment Health Clinical Center, joined panelists to discuss military behavioral health topics and its effect on young families for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) talk show, “Knowledge Network for Systems of Care” (KSOC TV). By understanding that psychological health support is available and by accessing these resources, the panel agreed that young military families can maintain healthy relationships.

  • Teens Connect on Discussion Board for Military Kids
    Military Kids Connect, teens discussion board

    Military life can be exciting, tough, fun and stressful all at the same time. What better way to ride out the ups and downs than with other teens like you? You can find military teens from across the world on a discussion board at Military Kids Connect. Who knows? What’s on your mind just might be on their minds too.

    If you’ve never visited Military Kids Connect, it’s an online community where military youth of all ages can share their stories about the rewards and challenges of military life. Your civilian friends are probably helpful, but there’s nothing like the support you can get from someone who’s been there.