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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 28 August 2015
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RESILIENCE AND STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR VETERANS AND ADF MEMBERS NOW ONLINE

The High Res website, which helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service was launched today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP.

“The High Res website will help our serving members, veterans and their families manage stress and build psychological resilience,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Along with the High Res mobile phone app, this resource forms part of the Australian Government’s suite of resources focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health conditions.”

The website provides interactive tools and videos to help users build resilience and manage stress.  It will also feature case studies about overcoming challenges during training, deployment and adjusting to life post-service, as well as a goal setting plan to help users improve resilience over time.

“By helping build the resilience of our serving members and veterans, we are assisting to improve performance and build better lives,” Minister Robert said.

“Like many health conditions, the early detection and treatment of mental illnesses greatly enhances the chances of achieving a full and speedy recovery.”

The High Res website, and the previously released companion mobile app, are a joint initiative between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Defence.

The website is based on Defence’s BattleSMART resilience training programme, which adapts evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy tools for daily stress management.

The High Res website is available on DVA’s At Ease mental health portal at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres. The High Res app is free to download from the iOS App Store and Android Google Play. 

Veterans and their clinicians can find the full range of the Government’s online mental health support tools at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au

Media enquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Minister Robert: Richard Briedis 02 6277 7730 or 0477 391 174
Defence Media Operations: 02 6127 1999

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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