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Do you have an Apple or android product. With certain apps you can see the product monograph, med's interaction, medical news and more

In your apps search for or follow the link:

Skyscape http://www.skyscape.com/index/home.aspx
MedPage http://www.medpagetoday.com/
Medscape http://www.medscape.com/
Micromedex http://www.thomsonhc.com/home/dispatch
ITriage https://www.itriagehealth.com/
PTSD Coach http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/ptsdcoach.asp

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VAC Apps - PTSD Coach Canada + ACC Coach ESPT Canada
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 10:36:44 AM »


PTSD Coach Canada

Questions and Answers for the National Client Contact Network

Background for Analysts – On February 25, 2013, Minister Blaney announced that the Department is partnering with Veterans participating in the Veterans Transition Program to preview a new mobile application, PTSD Coach Canada. The app will be made available for all Veterans and their families later in the year.

Q1.    How do I get PTSD Coach Canada?
A1.    The PTSD Coach Canada app is still under development. It will be made available free of charge later in the year through the iTunes store and the Android Market.

Q2.    Do I have to pay for PTSD Coach Canada?
A2.    No. The app will be free.

Q3.    If I do not have a smart phone or another mobile device, how do I get PTSD Coach Canada?
A3.    PTSD Coach Canada will only be available through a mobile device, but non-interactive features such as the factsheets will be available on the VAC Web site. Please discuss PTSD Coach Canada and your situation with your case manager who may be able to provide an alternative.

Staff members can refer to the Treatment Benefits Guidelines for Hand-Held Electronic Devices.

Q4.    If I need immediate assistance, what can I do?
A4.    If the caller is not in any immediate risk of harming himself or others:

You can call the Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Service Line, a confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free line where Veterans and their families can receive support: 1-800-268-7708.

Health Canada’s Employee Assistance Services is the service provider of the Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (CFMAP) and the Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Service. It provides free, confidential, voluntary, short-term, solution-focussed counselling services by telephone to assist Canadian Armed Forces members, former military members, and their eligible family members with support to resolve many of today’s psycho-social stresses. The telephone line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by fully-trained bilingual counsellors.
•   CAF members, former military members, and their eligible family members within Canada and the U.S.A. can access this program through the toll-free telephone number                (1-800-268-7708).
•   Those from other countries must dial the International Access Code of the country which they are calling from, followed by 800-268-7708.

If suicidal ideation may be present, follow the Suicide Prevention Protocol that includes screening and cues for referral. Assess risk of harming others and intervene as recommended.

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Coach ESPT Canada

Questions et réponses à l’intention du Réseau national des centres d’appels

Contexte pour les analystes – Le 25 février 2013, le ministre Blaney a annoncé un partenariat entre le Ministère et les vétérans qui participent au Programme de transition des vétérans, en vue de leur offrir en primeur l’accès à une nouvelle application mobile, Coach ESPT Canada. Cette application deviendra accessible à tous les vétérans et à leurs familles plus tard dans l’année.

Q1.    Comment puis-je obtenir l’application Coach ESPT Canada?
R1.    L’application Coach ESPT Canada en est encore à l’étape de la mise au point. Elle pourra être téléchargée sans frais plus tard cette année à partir des sites iTunes et Android Market.

Q2.    Y a-t-il des frais pour accéder à Coach ESPT Canada?
R2.    Non, l’application sera offerte gratuitement.

Q3.    Si je n’ai pas de téléphone intelligent ni d’autre appareil mobile, comment puis-je obtenir l’accès à Coach ESPT Canada?
R3.    Coach ESPT Canada ne sera accessible qu’au moyen d’un appareil mobile, mais certains éléments non interactifs de l’application, comme des fiches d’information, se retrouveront sur le site Web d’ACC. Vous pourrez discuter de votre situation par rapport à Coach ESPT Canada avec votre gestionnaire de cas, qui pourra peut-être vous suggérer des solutions.

Les membres du personnel peuvent consulter les lignes directrices des avantages médicaux portant sur les dispositifs électroniques portatifs.

Q4.    Si j’ai besoin d’une assistance immédiate, que puis-je faire?
R4.    Si la sécurité du client et celle d’autres personnes ne sont pas menacées dans l’immédiat :

Vous pouvez composer le 1-800-268-7708 pour communiquer avec le Service d’aide d’Anciens Combattants Canada. Il s’agit d’un service téléphonique sans frais, confidentiel et accessible en tout temps, qui fournit un soutien aux vétérans et à leurs familles.

Le Service d’aide aux employés de Santé Canada est le fournisseur de services pour le Programme d’aide aux membres des Forces canadiennes (PAMFC) et le Service d’aide d’Anciens Combattants Canada. Il offre des services de consultation gratuits et confidentiels axés sur la recherche de solutions à court terme et à participation volontaire, afin d’aider les membres des Forces armées canadiennes, les anciens militaires et les membres admissibles de leurs familles à résoudre un bon nombre des problèmes associés aux tensions psychosociales qu’ils subissent aujourd’hui. Des conseillers hautement qualifiés et parfaitement bilingues sont disponibles pour prendre les appels 24 heures par jour, 365 jours par année.
•   Les membres des Forces armées canadiennes, les anciens militaires et les membres admissibles de leurs familles qui se trouvent au Canada ou aux États-Unis peuvent avoir accès à ce programme en composant le numéro sans frais 1-800-268-7708.
•   Ailleurs, il faut composer le code d’accès international selon le pays, suivi de 800-268-7708.

Si la personne manifeste des tendances suicidaires, veuillez suivre le protocole pour la prévention du suicide, qui prévoit une évaluation préliminaire et offre des conseils pour l’aiguillage. Évaluez les risques pour la sécurité des autres personnes et intervenez en suivant les recommandations appropriées.

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POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE   Le 25 février 2013

Le ministre Blaney renforce le partenariat avec le Programme de transition des vétérans

Ottawa – L’honorable Steven Blaney, ministre des Anciens Combattants et ministre de la Francophonie, a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’Anciens Combattants Canada renforce son partenariat avec le Programme de transition des vétérans en offrant, aux vétérans participant au programme, l’accès en primeur à sa nouvelle application mobile, Coach ESPT Canada, qui deviendra accessible à tous plus tard dans l’année.

« La santé mentale et le bien-être psychologique des vétérans et de leurs familles sont des plus importants pour notre gouvernement. Nous savons que le recours à la technologie mobile dans le domaine de la santé ne cesse de s’accroître. Coach ESPT Canada exploite cette technologie pour apporter un précieux soutien aux personnes atteintes d’ESPT, a expliqué le ministre Blaney. Cette application mobile vient en complément des prestations de professionnels de la santé mentale et ne les remplace en aucun cas. Ceux-ci demeurent essentiels dans le diagnostic et le traitement de l’ESPT. »

Coach ESPT Canada est une application mobile conçue pour apporter une aide aux vétérans canadiens et aux hommes et femmes en uniforme qui éprouvent des symptômes d’état de stress post-traumatique (ESPT), et à leurs familles. Il s’agit d’un outil informatif d’autogestion de la santé qui peut les aider à composer avec les symptômes d’ESPT.

Le partenariat annoncé aujourd’hui s’ajoute au Plan d’action de transition des vétérans annoncé par le ministre à l’automne 2012, qui prévoit un nouveau soutien financier pouvant s’élever à 600 000 $ sur quatre ans pour permettre aux vétérans de participer au Programme de transition des vétérans de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique (UBC), un programme avant-gardiste qui offre des thérapies de groupe aux vétérans partout au pays. Les participants d’Ottawa recevront l’application Coach ESPT Canada et auront la chance de l’essayer en primeur. Le Plan d’action de transition des vétérans prévoit également une suite complète d’outils et de services visant à aider les vétérans et leurs familles avec leur transition de la vie militaire à la vie civile.

« Lorsque je suis revenu d’Afghanistan, je n’avais aucune idée de ce qu’était l’état de stress post-traumatique. Savoir qu’il existe maintenant un outil pour informer les vétérans au sujet de l’ESPT et les aider à en gérer les symptômes est rassurant, a déclaré Tim Laidler, directeur exécutif du Réseau de transition des vétérans, qui est l’organisme à but non lucratif mis sur pied à UBC pour administrer le Programme de transition des vétérans. Alors que le Canada continue à s’adapter aux besoins d’une nouvelle génération de vétérans, des outils innovateurs comme Coach ESPT Canada sont d’excellents compléments à l’aide déjà offerte en matière de gestion de l’ESPT. »

« L’application annoncée par le ministre Blaney est un grand pas en avant en matière de sensibilisation à l’ESPT, tout en respectant l’anonymat des soldats et des vétérans qui, autrement, ne parleraient pas de leurs symptômes d’ESPT, a dit Chris Dupee, fondateur de l’association Military Minds. Les soldats et les vétérans vont pouvoir profiter de l’aspect formatif de l’application, que Military Minds a bien hâte de voir offerte à tous au printemps. »                                .../2



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« Notre partenariat avec le Programme de transition des vétérans constitue pour notre gouvernement un autre moyen de répondre aux besoins des vétérans aux prises avec un traumatisme lié au stress opérationnel et de leurs familles, a déclaré le ministre Blaney. Nous sommes heureux d’offrir aux participants du Programme de transition des vétérans la primeur de ce nouvel outil à la pointe de la technologie. »

L’application Coach ESPT Canada a été conçue par Anciens Combattants Canada, en collaboration avec le ministère de la Défense nationale et l’Association canadienne pour la santé mentale. Coach ESPT Canada est une adaptation de PTSD Coach autorisée par le département des Anciens Combattants et le département de la Défense des États-Unis. L’application mobile pourra être téléchargée plus tard dans l’année à partir des sites iTunes et Android Market.

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Demandes des médias :
Janice Summerby
Conseillère, Relations avec les médias
Anciens Combattants Canada
613-992-7468

Dace Marsh
Coordonnateur, Relations publiques/médias
Réseau de transition des vétérans
604-315-1819   Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Attaché de presse
Cabinet du ministre des Anciens Combattants
613-996-4649

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    February 25, 2013

Minister Blaney Expands Partnership with Veterans Transition Program

Ottawa – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced that Veterans Affairs Canada is enhancing its partnership with the Veterans Transition Program to provide the Veterans participating in the program with the opportunity to be the first to test the new PTSD Coach Canada mobile application before it is made widely available later this year.

“The mental health and well-being of Veterans and their families are of paramount importance for our Government. We know that the use of mobile technology continues to grow in the health domain. PTSD Coach Canada uses this medium to deliver needed assistance to those with PTSD,” said Minister Blaney. “This mobile application complements the work of mental health providers. It does not and cannot replace them. They remain essential for the assessment and treatment of PTSD.”

PTSD Coach Canada is a mobile app that can assist Canadian Veterans, and our men and women in uniform, with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as their families. It is an informational and self-care tool that can provide assistance to individuals with the management of PTSD symptoms.

Today’s partnership announcement adds to Minister Blaney’s fall 2012 announcement which launched the Veterans Transition Action Plan, a plan which included new support of up to $600,000 over four years for Veterans to participate in the ground-breaking Veterans Transition Program. The program provides group-based support to Veterans across the country. Veterans participating in the program in Ottawa will be receiving the PTSD Coach Canada app so they can have an opportunity to test it out. The Veterans Transition Action Plan also includes a full suite of tools and services to assists Veterans and their families with the transition from military to civilian life.

“When I returned from Afghanistan, I had no idea what PTSD was, so knowing there is now a tool that can assist Veterans in learning about and coping with PTSD is reaffirming,” said Tim Laidler, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Network, the non-profit organization developed at UBC to administer the Veterans Transition Program. “As Canada continues to adapt to the needs of the latest generation of Veterans, innovations like the PTSD coach are great additions to the help available in managing PTSD.”

“This app announced by Minister Blaney is a great step forward in promoting PTSD awareness and offers anonymity to Soldiers and Veterans who wouldn’t come forward otherwise with their symptoms,” said Chris Dupee, founder of the Military Minds Association. “Soldiers and Veterans will be able to benefit from the coaching aspect of the app and Military Minds looks forward to its release later this year.”

“Our partnership with the Veterans Transition Program is another way the Department can help meet the needs of Veterans with an operational stress injury and their families,” said Minister Blaney. “We are pleased to offer the Veterans Transition Program the first glimpse of this new, cutting-edge tool.”
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PTSD Coach Canada was developed by Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Mental Health Association. PTSD Coach Canada has been adapted from PTSD Coach thanks to the generosity of the United States’ Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. The mobile app will be made available later this year through iTunes and the Android Market.

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Media inquiries:
Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468


Dace Marsh
PR/Media Coordinator
Veterans Transition Network
604-315-1819   Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

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Help for PTSD, brain injuries may be only an app away
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013, 09:05:24 AM »
Help for PTSD, brain injuries may be only an app away

By Bob Glissmann
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
March 29, 2013

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130329/LIVEWELL01/703299904/1161



Darryl Summers merges onto Interstate 80, but in his mind, he's back in Iraq, leading a convoy of Army trucks, tanks and heavy equipment in an armored Humvee.

When you're responsible for escorting 50, 60, 70 vehicles behind you, Summers says, you keep constant watch for roadside bombs. It's dangerous. You're on edge. You don't let other drivers impede your progress.

In the heavy Omaha traffic, with other motorists cutting him off, the U.S. Army veteran becomes anxious and starts speeding and driving aggressively, just as he had on those Iraqi roads. As soon as he can, he pulls over and pulls up an app on his phone called PTSD Coach.

Summers, 49, runs through the app's stress-assessment tools and its breathing and relaxation techniques. The exercises, he recalled in an interview, helped him to compose himself.

“It spirals you from where you're at to a more calm, relaxed state,” he said, “so you're ready to hit the road again or ready to re-engage.”

The app, developed by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, is one of many that people with PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — and traumatic brain injuries can use to help them deal with their conditions. They're not substitutes for therapy, but they can provide help when people need it.

Computer programmers and others have created hundreds of thousands of apps, or applications, over the past few years for use on smartphones, tablets and computers. Many of them, even the ones that weren't designed as rehabilitation tools, can help people dealing with brain injuries or trauma.

A basic calendar that alerts you to an appointment or a game that tests your memory can help brain-injury patients and unimpaired people alike.

“I wish I would have had these last year in school,” said Nathaniel Allen, who left Quality Living Inc.'s northwest Omaha campus late last week after a six-month stay. QLI serves people with brain and spinal-cord injuries.

Allen, 20, of Ainsworth, Neb., was back home last July after completing his freshman year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln when he rolled his car on a curvy rural road. He suffered a brain injury and damaged his knee, shoulder and ribs in the crash.

When he first arrived at QLI, he said, his memory was horrible. “Five months ago,” he said, “I might not remember to eat breakfast. Or I'd forget to take a shower.” He used the calendar on an iPod Touch to remind him of appointments with his doctors or therapists. “I have it so it vibrates at me five minutes before the event is supposed to happen. It helps me a lot with time management.”

Lindsey Bugee, a speech language pathologist at QLI, said the tools help patients gain control: “We've had residents even grab their iPod and just be, like, 'This is my life. It lets me know exactly what I'm doing, where I need to go. If I lost this, I don't know what I'd do.'”

Bugee is scheduled to speak about the role of technology in the recovery process at Nebraska's annual brain injury conference, which will be held April 4 and 5 in Kearney. The event, expected to draw about 250 people, is aimed at those with brain injuries and their families.

Michelle Wild, a professor at California's Coastline Community College, offers monthly webinars on her website, id4theweb.com, that outline the various features of apps used by people with brain injuries. Wild said she had been using technology to help such people for about eight years.

Wild said she usually recommends Apple-based apps because of their consistency from one device to another. “For a person with a brain injury, the slightest difference in the look or the way in which a device works can really throw them off.”

Among the top apps for people with brain injuries or trauma — according to area health professionals, Wild and the brainline.org website — are PTSD Coach; Lumosity Brain Trainer, which provides exercises targeting memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving; Breathe2Relax, which helps people manage stress, anger and anxiety with breathing exercises; and Proloquo2Go, which serves as an alternative for people who have difficulty speaking.

The Proloquo2Go app costs $190, but that's much less expensive than a stand-alone machine that performs much the same function. Many of the apps are free.

Wild said insurance policies generally don't cover the ones that cost money or the cost of the devices themselves.

Many people with brain injuries, she said, didn't have memory problems before they were injured, so it's easy for them to become frustrated when they can't remember how to perform simple tasks or they forget appointments.

Therapists working with such patients, Bugee said, make sure the patients' schedules are the same every day so they can begin to anticipate what's coming next. Restoring a person's memory, she said, is “a combination of having the device itself, lots of repetition and routine and (the person's) spontaneous recovery.”

John Chesters is slowly recovering his short-term memory after he stopped breathing following a heart attack at work Feb. 8. The several minutes that the 51-year-old went without oxygen left him with a brain injury. He went home to Bellevue from Immanuel Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation program on March 15.

The memory games that he played on the iPad he used in Immanuel's rehab unit were a big help, Chesters and his daughter Christina said. His family helped him enter his schedule each day so he could refer to it when he couldn't remember what he had to do next.

Chesters' memory problems weren't limited to his schedule.

“At first while we were in the hospital,” Christina said, “he would always ask why none of his friends would come to visit him. But the same people would come up every single day.” Christina said they used the camera on the iPad to document the friends' visits.

“It really has been a remarkable thing for my memory,” Chesters said. “I really do believe it has helped.”

Jocelyn Ritchie, a neuropsychologist with the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Polytrauma Support Clinic, said many of the apps list resources where a person can get additional assistance. “If a person is not involved,” she said, “it can lead them to at least the first steps to getting involved with therapy.”

Wild and others noted that it's important that professionals provide some training on the use of the apps. Unless someone shows people how the skills they acquire in a game can help them with everyday tasks, Wild said, the game apps can remain simply games.

Summers, the Army veteran from Omaha, said the terminology used in some apps might be unfamiliar to someone who hasn't gone through counseling, so it's important to see the app as a supplement to therapy. Summers himself is pursuing master's degrees in clinical psychology and counseling with the goal of assisting other veterans.

But the apps are good tools to have, he said, if he needs immediate help dealing with issues that once might have driven him to alcohol as a coping mechanism. “It talks you through the process. You relax and go for the ride. It's pretty neat.”

Contact the writer: bob.glissmann@owh.com, 402-444-1109, twitter.com/bobglissmann


The PTSD Coach app is one of many that people with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries can use to help them deal with their conditions.

Ipads get a workout at Immanuel

At any given time, about half the patients in Immanuel Medical Center's rehabilitation program are using the iPads — and the apps that run on them — that are assigned to each of the 35 inpatient rooms.

“We use them with the young and the old. All diagnoses,” said Angela Lampe, the program's coordinator for research and compliance. “Every day, we build on what we can do with these.”

Among the app categories Lampe identified as most beneficial:

Communication tools (FaceTime, Skype, email): Maintain contact with families and friends, home, work or school.

Videotaping and camera features: Show patients and their families the proper way to perform physical exercises when therapists aren't present and show family members the patient's progress.

Calendars: Keep patients from missing appointments.

Education and research (Internet, YouTube videos): Allow patients to research their injuries and treatments and learn from others with similar conditions.

Notes: Chart progress, provide instructions for patient, family and health care team.

Games (crossword puzzles, mazes, Sudoku): Help with memory, problem-solving, organizing and executive functioning.

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Re: IPhone, IPad & Adroid Apps for medical condition, meds, interaction
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 09:50:58 AM »
It's on my list of to-do's to research the different apps available for help in coping with the symptoms of PTSD, so I can recommend them to patients - does anyone here use phone apps to help manage symptoms? What apps do you find most helpful?
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PTSD Coach Canada is Ready for vets suffering post-traumatic stress
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 05:52:18 PM »
New app, research money announced for vets suffering post-traumatic stress

By: Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Monday, May. 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM | Comments: 0

http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/new-app-research-money-announced-for-vets-suffering-post-traumatic-stress-206250791.html?thx=y



TORONTO - The roll-out of a new smart-phone app and money for a two-year study should go some distance toward helping Canadian veterans and others cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, the federal government announced Monday.

The initiatives should also help families of vets, Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney said in making the announcement at the start of Mental Health Week.

"Our government recognizes the seriousness of PTSD among veterans and Canadian Armed Forces personnel and its impact on their families," Blaney said.

"These important initiatives ... will assist us in addressing the mental-health needs of those who sacrificed so much for their country."

Dubbed "PTSD Coach Canada," the free app — initially announced as a test in February — provides users with information on PTSD, self-assessment for symptoms, information about professional health care, and where to find support.

It also includes tools — ranging from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management — that can help users manage symptoms and the stresses of daily life.

The customizable app, which can be downloaded to mobile devices through the iTunes store and Android Market, was adapted from an American version created by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Defence.

While tailored to veterans and military personnel, any Canadian can use the app.

Blaney also announced the government would kick in almost $376,000 for a two-year study involving 140 clinicians.

The Ryerson University research will look at how effectively they are using cognitive-processing therapy to treat adults with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mike Blais, of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, welcomed the initiatives.

"Many veterans have complained that clinicians in their respective regions are not capable of providing effective treatment to those who have served in Afghanistan or in other high intensity operations," Blais said.

"The prospect of PTSD-specific collaborative research and a commitment to assemble and train clinicians in effective treatment programs is very encouraging."

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after someone is exposed to a violently traumatic event. Symptoms can include flashbacks and nightmares and can lead to substance abuse and even violence.

Ryerson University Prof. Candice Monson will lead the project aimed at training clinicians to help the roughly 10 per cent of Canadians who suffer from PTSD and their families.

"Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most treatable mental-health conditions," Monson said.

"We believe that using cognitive processing therapy to treat individuals with PTSD will significantly improve the lives of Canadians."

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New app from The Royal helps PTSD sufferers
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2013, 07:59:18 PM »
New app from The Royal helps PTSD sufferers

By Drake Fenton, OTTAWA CITIZEN June 18, 2013 5:07 PM

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/from+Royal+helps+PTSD+sufferers/8543334/story.html#ixzz2WcCzIgLv

OTTAWA — One of Canada’s leading mental health clinics went mobile Tuesday, launching an app to help provide immediate assistance to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Created by the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, OSI Connect is an app available to anyone in the general public, but made specifically to aid current and former members of the Canadian military and RCMP with PTSD.

The app provides users with relevant information related to their condition and provides contact information for the Royal’s 17 operational stress injury clinic’s across the country.

The app also includes a self-assessment tool and videos that show other individuals with PTSD describing their experience with the condition.

“The mobile app allows for people to deal with the condition on their own time and on their own terms in a stigma free environment,” said Sue Riley, a spokeswoman for the Royal. “The app also helps a person who may not be comfortable with speaking with somebody immediately, or is unaware of how to receive services.”

OSI Connect is available from iTunes, BlackBerry and Android app stores.

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Minister Blaney joins The Royal in Launching New Mobile App for Veterans
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2013, 08:09:53 PM »
Minister Blaney joins The Royal in Launching New Mobile App for Veterans

Published: June 18, 2013 

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/06/18/4955640/minister-blaney-joins-the-royal.html#storylink=cpy



OTTAWA, June 18, 2013 — /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today joined Dr. Raj Bhatla, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal), to launch a new mobile application that will assist Veterans, personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with operational stress injuries (OSIs). The app, called OSI Connect, provides information and assistance for people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other types of OSIs, as well as their family members.

"Our Government commends The Royal and its OSI clinic for providing support and information at the touch of a button for those who are suffering as a result of their service to Canada," said Minister Blaney. "In collaboration with the OSI Clinic Network, this new app will make a real difference for our nation's heroes who are living with PTSD or other operational stress injuries."

OSI Connect was created by the Royal Ottawa OSI Clinic, which is one of 10 OSI clinics across Canada funded by VAC. The app is also a resource for professionals who work with individuals who could be suffering from an OSI. They include physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, social workers and community workers at detox centres and homeless shelters.

"This mobile app is a new channel for Veterans and serving personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP to get information and resources on operational stress injuries without any stigma," said George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal, the only specialized mental health and academic health sciences centre of the OSI Clinic Network. "We hope it will encourage those who are suffering the very painful and disturbing effects of operational stress injuries and who may not be aware of services or how to go about getting help."

OSI clinics specialize in treating conditions that come from combat, high stress or operational fatigue. Each clinic has a dedicated professional team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, and other specialized clinicians who provide assessment, treatment, prevention and support. They use their knowledge of the military and police environments to develop personalized OSI treatment plans.

OSI Connect is free and available in English and French (Connexion TSO) from iTunes, BlackBerry and Android app stores.

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/osi-connect-osi-clinic-network/id638446154?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.purpleforge.osiconnect

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Tactical Breather
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2013, 11:11:55 PM »
Tactical Breather

The Tactical Breather application can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, anyone can learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to your body during stressful situations.Many of the techniques taught in this application were provided with permission by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman from his book “On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace”.

Although these techniques were developed primarily for the warfighter during intense combat situations, anyone can benefit from the ideas taught in this application to help with nearly any stressful situation in life.

Note: Tactical Breather (formerly known as the "Tactical Breathing Trainer") received second place in the "General Wellness" category during the Apps4Army (A4A) competition.



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