Military family & parenting apps
Babies on the Homefront
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler. Parents will find lots of material to add to their toolbox of strategies, including:
- Behavior Tips—Ideas for handling those tougher parenting moments like tantrums, or those unique challenges like missing a deployed parent
- PT (Play Time)—ideas for creating activities
- At Ease—information and ideas on self-care
Parents can personalize the app with their baby’s picture and create a photo gallery of their child’s moods in Feeling Photos. To make it even easier, parents can sort the information by their young child’s age and specify their situation as At Home, Leaving Soon, Deployed, Home Again, a Veteran, or visiting a hospital. The app also allows quick access to a series of vodcasts on parenting for military and veteran families. Babies on the Homefront was developed by ZERO TO THREE: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.
Parenting 2 Go
DCoE’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology and the VA Office of Mental Health Services developed the Parenting2Go mobile app as part of the DoD/VA Integrated Mental Health Strategy (IMHS). Parenting2Go and the companion online course Parenting for Service Members and Veterans is for military and veteran parents with tools to help them reconnect with their families after a deployment and build closer relationships with their children anytime. Based on original curriculum developed by leading experts, these resources help parents learn how to address both everyday parenting problems and family issues unique to their military experience.
The mobile app has five main components:
- A tool that helps parents shift gears between work and home in order to be more mentally “present” for their children.
- Quick tips on topics related to reconnecting with families after a deployment.
- Tools to help parents when they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed with parenting demands.
- An evidenced-based strategy that allows parents to count their positive and negative comments to their child.
- Access to a user’s personal contacts and other resources to support their parenting efforts.
Sesame Street for Military Families
The Sesame Street for Military Families app puts all of Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families right in your pocket! Now you can use your mobile device to access engaging videos, articles, storybooks, parent guides, and more to help you support your preschool and school-aged children as they encounter transitions common to military families.
Because of the sensitive topics in this app, we highly recommend that a parent or guardian previews the materials before co-viewing with a child.
Topic areas for military families include: deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, self-expression.
Sesame Street's The Big Moving Adventure
Make moving fun with Sesame Street's The Big Moving Adventure! Your young child (ages 2–5) can create his own muppet friend and help him or her through the moving process, including: Hearing the news, packing, saying goodbye, expressing feelings, traveling, exploring the new home, and making new friends. The Parents Section contains more detailed tips and suggestions on these same topics to help families who are in the process of relocating.
Health & wellness apps
Circle of 6
Circle of 6 is a free app that prevents violence before it happens. With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens.
The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose.
Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help.
Icons represent actions; so that no one can tell what you’re up to. It’s fast, easy-to-use and private. It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you’re out for the night.
Our team of physicians and technologists has designed iBlueButton to specifically serve Medicare beneficiaries, Veterans, individuals covered by TRICARE and their family caregivers. With iBlueButton, have at all times your medical information in your hands, so that you can better manage your healthcare and that of your loved ones. iBlueButton won the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Investing in Innovation competition for Blue Button®, a federal initiative giving Veterans and Americans covered by Medicare or TRICARE the ability to download their health records from the patient portals offered by these federal programs.
National Center for TeleHealth and Technology
The National Center for TeleHealth and Technology has developed a number of helpful mobil apps for the military community and care providers as noted below:
BioZen is one of the first mobile applications to provide users with live biofeedback data from multiple wearable body sensors covering a range of biophysiological signals, including electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyography (EMG), galvanic skin response (GSR), electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), respiratory rate, and temperature biofeedback data and display it on a mobile phone.
Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Built on the iPhone mobile app platform, Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise.
Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit (CCT) offers primary care providers hip-pocket access to critical information and allows for seamless integration of new material, leading to improved quality of care, increased use of evidence-based treatment recommendations, enhanced provider-patient interactions, and more appropriate specialty referrals.
LifeArmor is a comprehensive learning and self-management tool to assist members of the military community with common mental health concerns. Touch-screen technology allows the user to browse information on 17 topics, including sleep, depression, relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress. Brief self-assessments help the user measure and track their symptoms, and tools are available to assist with managing specific problems. Videos relevant to each topic provide personal stories from other service members, veterans, and military family members.
The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide mobile application for health care providers gives instant access to a comprehensive quick-reference guide on improving care for mTBI patients. Designed to reflect current clinical standards of care, the mTBI Pocket Guide mobile application can help you improve quality of care and clinical outcomes for patients.
The Navy Leader’s Guide for Managing Sailors in Distress is your one-stop shop for information on issues that affect your Sailors and guidance on what leaders like you can, or must, do. Based on the Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center website of the same name, the Navy Leader’s Guide mobile app puts the resources you need to respond to almost any issue affecting your Sailors right in the palm of your hand.
PE Coach will help providers and patients overcome certain barriers to PE implementation, dissemination, and adherence.
Positive Activity Jackpot uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience. This app features augmented reality technology to help users find nearby enjoyable activities and makes activity suggestions with local options and the ability to invite friends. If you cannot make up your mind which fun thing to do, “pull the lever” and let the app’s jackpot function make the choice for you. While this app does not require clinical training to use, it should not be used as a substitute for treatment by a therapist.
Provider Resilience gives health care providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they help service members, veterans, and their families.
Your responses to a short self-assessment create ratings of your risk for compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. These ratings can also be viewed as graphs so you can monitor them over time.
A clock showing time since your last day off, inspirational cards, stretches, and Dilbert comics all encourage you to take restful breaks critical to avoiding burnout. Finally, videos by service members describing the positive impact health care providers had in their lives are there when you need a reminder of the value of what you do.
PTSD Coach was developed to help people who have, or may have, PTSD. PTSD Coach offers a number of simple and effective ways to:
- Manage symptoms like troubling memories, sleeplessness, anger, and nightmares.
- Understand PTSD’s causes, development, treatment, and the recovery process.
- Find support in your community, either from people you know or public resources.
T2 Mood Tracker is a mobile application that allows users to self-monitor, track and reference their emotional experience over a period of days, weeks and months using a visual analogue rating scale.
The Tactical Breather application can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress.
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.
Objective Zero is a mobile app and non-profit that anonymously connects veterans to suicidal prevention resources and a community of veterans, counselors, and concerned citizens.
Safe Helpline (DoD) - Sexual assault support for the DoD community
The DoD Safe Helpline app gives members of the military community access to resources and tools to help manage the short- and long-term effects of sexual assault. The app helps you create a plan that is right for you, from exercises that aid in reducing stress to tools to help you transition to civilian life. You can even store your customized plans and exercises so you can refer back to them at any time. Available for Apple and Android.
TriCare Pharmacy Contractor Express Script
Manage your prescriptions on the go with any web-enabled mobile device, iPhone, or Android. Sign in* to the Express Scripts mobile site anytime to:
- View Your Prescription ID Card
VA App Store
At the VA App Store you will find access to dozens of apps, including those created specifically for veterans and their health care professionals.
- Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
- Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Clinical Portal
- Anger and Irritability Management Skills
- Caring for Women Veterans
- REVAMP App for Clinicians
- VA Launchpad for Care Teams
- VA Launchpad for Veterans
- VA Pressure Ulcer Resource