More than 5,000 U.S. veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have already used the Veterans Administration's new PTSD Coach smartphone app to connect with mental health professionals and support resources, according to the VA.
Jointly developed by the VA and the Defense Department, the PTSD Coach app links users with public and private PTSD support services, provides accurate and timely information about PTSD, presents strategies for dealing with PTSD and helps suffers track and manage their symptoms on the go.
"This new tool is about helping Veterans and Servicemembers when and where they need it," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a press release. "We are encouraged so many have already downloaded this resource and hope many more will utilize this convenient tool to access VA services."
According to Secy. Shinseki, the PTSD Coach app has been downloaded by thousands of individuals since its launch, mostly from the United States, but also by PTSD victims in 25 other countries.
Comments from veterans and family members about the PSTD Coach app have been overwhelmingly positive, according to the VA, with one user describing the app as "a must for every spouse who has a family member with PTSD." The app has received great reviews from health care professionals, many of whom have offered to collaborate with the VA on future upgrades.
Photo: PTSD Coach App Screen Shot - the VA