A substantial body of literature has reported martial conflict and divorce are difficulties faced by many combat veterans and their partners. The presence of these difficulties is often higher among veterans with psychological conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
Access to social support and stable relationships can be protective against the development and severity of psychological symptoms. As such, interventions and programs should not only aim to reduce the severity of psychological symptoms, but aim to improve veterans’ interpersonal and social relationships.
Compassionate-Mind Training (CMT) was developed for individuals who have experienced past exposure to trauma and have psychological conditions linked to self-criticism and shame. It incorporates components of other evidence based therapies, but places compassion at the core of its approach by helping individuals develop self-compassion, compassion for others, and openness to compassion from others.
The aim of this study is to investigate the utility and benefits of CMT for military veterans and their partners to determine if it is effective at improving relational well-being, self-compassion and reducing psychological symptoms.
This project is proudly funded by Medibank:
At Medibank, we are committed to helping Australians improve their health and wellbeing to lead a better quality life. We recognise the critical role mental health plays in overall wellbeing, and are proud to support GRHF through the Medibank Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund, which aims to support all Australians throughout every stage of life.