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Moving Forward: Overcoming Life's Challenges

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Moving Forward: Overcoming Life's Challenges


Are you struggling with relationships, finances, finding a job, confusion about your future, dealing with loneliness, or adjusting to the challenges of civilian life? A new web program, called Moving Forward, can help you start making steps toward positive change.

Moving Forward is a free, anonymous, online educational program. It teaches problem-solving skills to help you overcome life’s challenges. Its eight modules include videos, games, and exercises. It was designed for Veterans and Military Service Members, but can help anyone facing stressful problems.

We all face challenges in life. Often it is how we deal with them that determines our outcome. Moving Forward can help you understand your problem-solving strengths and weaknesses. It teaches a step-by-step approach which makes problems more manageable and less overwhelming. By clearly identifying your problems, goals, and obstacles, you can start to develop an action plan. Moving Forward can also help you reduce stress, “brain-overload”, pessimism, difficulties managing your emotions, and other factors that might make it hard for you to carry out that action plan. Moving Forward provides you with a series of tools that you can choose among to best fit your situation. Rather than “give you fish,” it teaches you “how to fish.”

Moving Forward is based on an effective treatment program. The web program was developed to provide this service to individuals who have difficulty visiting a VA center or who prefer to use the internet at their own pace, in the privacy of their own home. Veterans participating in the “live program” have given it high marks. They have said that it helped them feel more confident about their future, more able to cope with stress, and more optimistic about handing difficult problems. Some Veterans use the program to meet new people, overcome anger problems, identify a more satisfying future career path, better handle being a new parent, and improve a romantic relationship. A vast majority of Veterans who have participated in a Moving Forward program have said that they would “definitely recommend the program to other Veterans and friends.”

We believe that it can help you, too. Why not give it a try?

www.startmovingforward.org

Acknowledgement: Moving Forward was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services in partnership with the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

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