The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), an agency of the Department of Defense, has been introducing online and mobile health tools for people in the military, veterans, and their families since 2008. Their newest offering, BioZen, is an effort to get ahead of the trend of personal sensors and provide a free mobile tool to help people use those sensors to improve their health through the practice of biofeedback.
MilitaryKidsConnect.org, recognized for excellence with five industry awards, is celebrating the start of their second year with new content that helps military youth cope with the effects of war on their loved ones. The new modules address post -traumatic stress, grief and loss, and physical injury. And for parents, there are guides on how to discuss these tough topics with kids.
In addition, there are also resources for educators of military kids including helpful lesson plans that educators can use to support military kids in the classroom.
The next time disaster strikes, mental health and other response workers may find help in delivering psychological first aid (PFA) as near as their smartphones. "PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning," says the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD, a codeveloper of the app along with the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
The computer age has dramatically impacted the practice of medicine. No matter what specialty of health care you look to, technology has enabled new tools to support the work of providers and facilitate the healing of patients -- behavioral health is no exception.
Mobile computing platforms, such as smart phones and tablet computers, provide capabilities that can provide constant, "hip pocket" access to a range of potentially helpful tools.
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