ACT on Health Lab

SOAR- Supportive Outreach and Reintegration

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The overall aim of this project is to improve access to high quality mental healthcare, particularly for distressed rural veterans who are not actively engaged in VA healthcare.

Background Information

  • The prevalence of depression, posttraumatic stress, and/or other anxiety disorders (emotional distress) among veterans is higher than that observed in the general population.
  • Many veterans face significant barriers to accessing and engaging in mental health care, including negative perceptions of VHA care and/or mental health care more generally.
  • Veterans living in rural and highly rural areas may face additional barriers to care, including distance to a VHA facility and perceived stigma of receiving mental health treatment in a small community.

In preceding years, we built relationships and partnerships with rural veteran-centered community organizations to identify distressed veterans who may not otherwise seek help.

The current study focuses on delivering our one-day ACT workshops in rural community-based settings. Throughout the year, we conduct five-six ACT groups in a rural-based community setting. Group size varies, but usually includes four-ten veterans. Aims of this study include:

  • Establish feasibility and acceptability of delivering one-day ACT workshops in rural community-based settings
  • Examine the effects of the workshop on distress, reintegration, and initiation of self-care and treatment-seeking (including initiation of new VA care)
  • Engage key VA and community stakeholders (e.g., veterans, service providers) to support the spread and sustainment of these workshops in rural community-based settings.
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Study Specifications

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  • Sample Size: 50/ year 
  • Recruiting ~ six-seven participants
  • Intervention group: ACT
  • One group / month with four-ten veterans (ACT only)

Study Contact

Contact Name: Ken Woods, U.S. Army Veteran
Email: ken.woods@va.gov
Phone Number: 713-440-4612