Wellbeing Toolbox

Confidential online mental health support is now available to ex-service men and women, their families and friends through the Wellbeing Toolbox pilot. The Wellbeing Toolbox is an online self-care resource that has been specially designed to cater for the needs of the ex-service community.

The Wellbeing Toolbox aims to facilitate early intervention for those who may not be travelling too well by providing educative material on six key topics:

  • problem solving,
  • building support,
  • helpful thinking,
  • getting active,
  • keeping calm, and
  • sleeping better.

Each topic is covered in a learning module that contains a series of informative panels and allows users to complete interactive tasks and worksheets. Visitors can choose to work through all six modules or can pick individual modules that are of particular interest to them.

Users can also register on the website to help keep track of completed worksheets, modules and progress on their Self Management Plan. Registration is anonymous and free.

The Wellbeing Toolbox is part of the Self-Care Trial project, one of 12 projects in the Lifecycle Mental Health Package. The package was announced as part of Labor Policy, at the RSL State Congress in July 2007.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed the Wellbeing Toolbox in conjunction with leading experts at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, and SMS Management & Technology.

The trial of the Wellbeing Toolbox will commence in February 2011 for a period of 12 months. We ask you to provide us with any feedback you may have by emailing wellbeingtoolbox@dva.gov.au.

The Wellbeing Toolbox is open to all ex-service personnel and their friends and family.