DVA Provider News article - August 2023.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program now available for veterans and their families

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Know a veteran or family member who may benefit from improving their stress management skills, while building connections with others with similar experiences?

Encourage them to enrol in one of DVA’s free online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) forums.

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and exploration of patterns of behaviour, thinking, feeling and action.

Instead of following a script or acting out meticulously described steps, mindfulness is practiced in the manner that best suits the individual.

DVA’s free online MSBR forums are customised exclusively for veterans and family members. MBSR is a trauma-informed program led by military aware instructors.

The course is practical, inspiring and transformative for those wanting to reduce job, family or health-related stress, including serious conditions. It engages participants physically, emotionally and intellectually to cultivate resilience and a greater sense of ease and effectiveness in work and life.

Participants report:

  • Improved self-efficacy
  • Greater capacity to cope with short and long term stress
  • A lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms
  • Increased ability to relax
  • More energy and enthusiasm for life

MBSR programs are free for veterans and their families.


“MBSR has been life changing for me. It’s allowed me to manage my negative thoughts and depression and assisted to make my relationships more productive.”

“Thank you for allowing me to learn these skills. As someone who suffers from crippling PTSD, I recommend this course to any veteran who suffers… I can’t recommend this course highly enough.”


  • Course 1 – 6th September - 29th November 2023 (Veterans)
  • Course 2 – 16th October 2023 – 8th January 2024 (Family/Carer)
  • Course 3 – 29th January – 22nd April 2024 (Veterans)
  • Course 4 – 29th April – 22nd July 2024 (Family/Carer)

Participants can register online or by elizabeth [at] openground.com.au (contacting the organisers).