The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
For a detailed summary handout that can be provided to veterans to help them engage in treatment, click on the relevant anxiety disorder below:
- GAD Patient Handout (PDF) .
- Panic and agoraphobia patient handout (PDF) .
- Social Anxiety Patient Handout (PDF) .
For more general information on anxiety to provide to veterans who are concerned about their mental health, but have not yet engaged in treatment, see At Ease for veterans website.
- Mental Health Online: a CBT-based online treatment program for different anxiety disorders that is offered as either self-help for no cost or therapist-assisted for a fee.
- This Way Up Clinic: a CBT-based treatment program for anxiety and depression that is accessible by a clinician rather than by self-referral. There is a cost to accessing the program.
- eCouch: an interactive program with CBT and IPT-based materials for depression, worry, social anxiety, relationship difficulties and grief.
- MindSpot Clinic: A free telephone and online assessment, treatment and referral service for Australian adults experiencing depression and anxiety.
- Relaxation exercise podcasts: includes audio for progressive muscle relaxation, breath training and guided imagery.
Mobile device apps
- LifeArmor: includes information on issues such as posttraumatic stress, relationship issues, depression and sleep. It also has self-assessment measures, tools for managing specific problems and stories from American veterans. It is available for Apple and Android products.
- breathe2relax: designed to help veterans learn and practice a diaphragmatic breathing exercise. It is available for Apple and Android products.
Recommended reading and online information
- DVA Mental Health and Wellbeing after Military Service booklet (PDF) : contains useful information about experiences and issues that may arise during transition from military to civilian life, for ex-serving members and their families.
- DVA Mental Health Video - Anxiety: current and ex-serving members of the ADF share real stories of their experience with anxiety.
- Mindhealthconnect: provides information and links to resources related to anxiety.
- beyondblue: contains factsheets, self-assessment and self-help resources about depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
- Anxiety YouTube clips: contains interviews with people who have anxiety and their carers about their experiences and treatment options.