An internet-delivered, evidenced-based treatment program for mental health and alcohol use in contemporary Veterans – SHADE


The mental health and well-being of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel is of paramount importance, with a recent national audit indicating mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance use, and suicide, are a major cause of reduced quality of life for many members, with direct impacts on their families. SHADE is a 10-session internet delivered program which has demonstrated effectiveness in the general population for reduction of depressive symptoms and hazardous alcohol use. This study will pilot and evaluate the use of the SHADE program amongst ex-serving ADF personnel with and without the addition of a psychologist-moderated social networking site, “Breathing Space”.

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