VetsPrevail helps veterans transition from war

With support from the National Science Foundation, former Navy pilot Rich Gengler, former Army sergeant Justin Savage and the team at Prevail Health Solutions have built and tested an online screening and counseling program called VetsPrevail™. Optimized through careful research, the program helps service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan make a more successful transition.

A Pentagon study concluded that returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are currently suffering from "daunting and growing mental health problems," with nearly one third of these military personnel reporting symptoms of mental illness upon their return from combat. A lack of adequate available resources combined with a fear of stigmatization inherent in seeking face-to-face treatment, prevent as many as 77% of these military personnel from ever getting the treatment they need.

VetsPrevail™ will enable the military's mental health professionals to offer an effective, evidence-based and drug-free intervention for depression or PTSD which will effectively mitigate stigma concerns faced by military personnel and will provide treatment at a fraction of the cost of the typical interventions available today.

With an estimated 5 million veterans and 20 million civilians in the U.S.A suffering from depression alone, cost-effective and innovative methods to help address this burgeoning healthcare problem are critical. Through further research, this web-based framework has the potential to extend to many behavioral health disorders that plague our country such as drug abuse, anxiety and alcoholism.

Provided by the National Science Foundation

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