vShade online support for ex-serving Australian Defence Force

"After Afghanistan I struggled coming home. I faced many challenges, it was difficult to relate with my family and friends, even those who had also seen service. vSHADE provides a community and purpose, helping you to find what is really important to you. If this program was available in 2011, life would have been a lot easier. vSHADE can help you on your own journey home."

-Wayne McMurtrie

How the project works

Take the survey

5 MINUTES

An online community that is safe and anonymous. It’s a supportive environment where you can share your experiences with other young Veterans who are in a similar situation to you. Join BreathingSpace

Take the survey

JOIN BREATHING SPACE

An online community that is safe and anonymous. It’s a supportive environment where you can share your experiences with other young Veterans who are in a similar situation. Join BreathingSpace.

Take the survey

5 MINUTES

The first step is to see if you are eligible to participate by answering a few quick questions about your age and service history.

Take the survey

PRE-SHADE ASSESSMENT

30 MINUTES

Eligible young Veterans will be forwarded to the more detailed pre-SHADE assessment. Most of the questions require a simple check box answer, and you can opt out of some parts if you choose.

ONLINE TREATMENT PROGRAM

Some research participants will be provided with access to SHADE, an online program consisting of 10 weekly sessions. Designed by clinical psychologists and other experts, this treatment approach has proven to be effective among the general population.

POST-SHADE FOLLOW UP

30 MINUTES

After you have completed the treatment part of the program you will be invited to do another survey (similar to the one you did at the start of the program) to see how things went for you and if your situation changed. This will help our research team understand the effectiveness of the program.

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Project partners

The vSHADE project is made possible by the participation and funding of the following partner organisations:

  • University of Newcastle
  • Aspen Medical
  • Defence Health
  • NIER
  • CBMHR
  • NHMRC
  • Ironside Recruitment