Your mental health plays a fundamental role in your overall well-being. Therefore, it is important to have access to mental health care whenever and wherever you need it.
VA provides veterans with safe, virtual tools for mental health care outside of the traditional office visit. The VA Video Connect app allows you to access your psychiatric visits from your home or other preferred location. And you can use other VA Mobile apps to complement treatment and support your self-care.
Virtual Visit via VA Video Connect
Talking about mental health can be daunting. And in-person appointments can present additional challenges for those seeking support. VA Video Connect allows you to connect with your mental health VA providers from the comfort of your own home.
VA Video Connect allows veterans to meet with VA providers via secure video conferencing. If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection, you can use VA Video Connect to attend TeleMental Health appointments from anywhere.
More than 97% of VA outpatient mental health providers have performed video telemedicine visits using VA Video Connect. If you wish, you can invite your family members or carers to participate in your video visits. Some VA providers also offer group therapy sessions or other group appointments through the app.
To learn more, visit the VA Video Connect app page.
Annie app for veterans
Annie is a VA news service that empowers veterans to take an active role in their care, including their mental health. Messages you receive from Annie may include mental health support such as: B. Tips on reducing stress, setting boundaries, and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
For those who need grief support, you can subscribe to coping strategies, encouragement, and educational materials. To learn new stress management strategies, subscribe to motivational and skill-building text messages each week.
To learn more, visit the Annie app page.
The PTSD Coach app provides veterans with tools to manage their PTSD symptoms. It also offers resources for family members and caregivers who want to support veterans with PTSD in their lives.
You can use the app to track symptoms, find information about care and treatment options, take a PTSD self-assessment, and learn anger management and relaxation skills.
The app was developed by the VA National Center for PTSD. A clinical psychologist at the center, Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent said the PTSD Coach supports veterans’ self-care by helping them track their progress and continuously self-manage symptoms during recovery.
To learn more, visit the PTSD Coach app page.
You can use the Mindfulness Coach app to build a simple, consistent mindfulness practice. Mindfulness can help people suffering from anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It reduces stress, improves emotional balance and increases self-confidence.
“Mindfulness can be defined as intentional attention — being in the present with an attitude of non-judgment,” said McGee-Vincent.
VA developed Mindfulness Coach with veterans in mind. The app features a self-paced workout program, guided audio exercises, goal setting materials, and self-assessments.
To learn more, visit the Mindfulness Coach App page.
Insomnia can make it difficult to function during the day. It causes concentration and mood problems and interferes with work and relationships.
The Insomnia Coach app can help with insomnia. You can use the app to access guided weekly workout plans to track and improve your sleep. You can use the app’s interactive sleep diary feature to track changes and get feedback on your sleep.
To learn more, visit the Insomnia Coach app page.
For many, the stigma of mental health can be a barrier to seeking treatment. VA Virtual Care tools can reach people who otherwise might not be willing or able to seek treatment.
To learn more about VA’s virtual nursing tools and mental health resources, watch the recorded Facebook Live presentation, VA Tools and Technology for Mental Health Month.