The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app includes practical tools, information, and resources that can all be used from the safety of one’s home to track well-being, mood swings, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
A personal goal setting tracker can help users work toward achieving small victories. The mindfulness and sleep tools can be helpful for improving mental health and well-being. The indoor activities tool and staying healthy recommendations have been specifically tailored to the current COVID-19 situation.
Direct links to resources are available within the app for those who may need additional professional support. The COVID Coach can be used independently or while engaged in mental health treatment but is not intended to replace needed professional care. COVID Coach was developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD’s Mobile Mental Health Team, in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is a federal agency that provides health care services to military veterans. The VA’s Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care network in the United States, with 1,255 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
This was reported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on May 12, 2020.
Contact Information: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, Northwest Washington DC 20420; 844-698-2311; Website: www.va.gov