AfterDeployment: Five Years and Still Going Strong

We’re pretty excited about the fifth anniversary of one of T2’s flagship products, the website AfterDeployment (AD). For me, the best thing about AD is that I can always depend on the site to provide current and evidence-based content for almost any behavioral health issue.

In addition to constant review to make sure the content is fresh and accurate, we’ve also made some major additions and improvements over the last five years, including:

More topic areas, including our newest two: financial health and suicide prevention
Comprehensive information for providers in the Provider Pro section
Improved navigation of topic workshops
Updated look and feel of the site

One of the most pleasant surprises is how many different ways our users have integrated AD into their lives and treatment. The usefulness has extended beyond just self-care via a website. For example, we’ve heard from a variety of primary care and behavioral health providers who regularly refer their patients to AD, or even walk through content with their patients during face-to-face sessions. Some providers are using AD’s workshops to help structure group treatment, and others assign homework from the site and use the assessments to help keep tabs on patient outcomes.

To continue leveraging the content, last year we launched the mobile app LifeArmor. This app helps the military community and others access AD’s assessments, libraries, tools and videos on the go. The app has been especially helpful for providers and line leaders who want quick access to information about a variety of common military behavioral health issues, with or without Internet access. LifeArmor is available for free on both iOS (Apple) devices and Android.

Our hope is that we can make AfterDeployment content easy to access for anyone in the military community, or who serves the military community, any time they need it. Our next step will be providing the Web content in mobile-friendly design, so that users can access the full site from any mobile device (including Windows). After that, we may need to look into skywriting and messenger pigeons...

Julie T. Kinn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Deputy Director of the Mobile Health Program at theNational Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2). She oversees the development of mobile health applications to support the military community.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


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