Moving Forward is an innovative, self-care resource available on-line for service members and veterans. Developed jointly by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Administration (VA), Moving Forward offers help for individuals who are struggling with stressful life problems. Based on evidenced-based Problem-Solving Therapy, Moving Forward enables individuals to:
- Learn thoughtful, “planful” problem-solving steps
- Improve emotional regulation in the face of problems
- Lower stress levels by reducing avoidance and improving optimism
Moving Forward has training course including first-person videos, interactive exercises, surveys and games. The training has eight modules that teach visitors a step-by-step method to solving life challenges. The course is completely anonymous, and can be completed at a individual’s own pace.
Moving Forward was developed under the DoD/VA Integrated Mental Health Strategy (IMHS) initiative. IMHS mandates an integrated and coordinated public health model to improve access, quality, and efficiency of mental health services for all Active, Reserve and National Guard service members, veterans, and their families. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) and VA Mental Health Services developed Moving Forward as a first-line approach for struggling service members and veterans who may not otherwise seek help.