DCoE’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology and the VA Office of Mental Health Services developed the Moving Forward mobile app as part of the DoD/VA Integrated Mental Health Strategy (IMHS). The Moving Forward mobile app and the companion online course features problem-solving therapy (PST) tools designed to teach skills for overcoming life problems. PST is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment for depression and other distress.
The primary features of the mobile app are problem-solving tools the user can use repeatedly over time. The Moving Forward mobile app has five components:
- Brief psychoeducational content about the role of stress and problem-solving attitude and approaches.
- Assessments of problem-solving style and stress level, along with a stress tracker where users can see their scores over time.
- Seven tools to help users take the time to examine their thinking process and improve emotional regulation in the face of specific problems.
- A problem-solving worksheet walks users through the steps to solve problems of the user’s choosing in a thoughtful and systematic way.
- Access to a user’s personal contacts and other resources to support their problem-solving efforts.
Where does the Moving Forward information come from?
Adapted for use with veterans by Drs. Art and Chris Nezu, the Moving Forward curriculum is not a mental health intervention, but rather part of an educational life-coaching program for individuals who are having difficulties but are not in need of or willing to engage in mental health treatment.
What is IMHS?
IMHS was established to advance a coordinated public health model to improve access, quality, and efficiency of mental health services for all active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, veterans, and their families. One strategic action focuses on developing readily available self-help resources as a first line approach for struggling individuals who may not otherwise seek help.