Project Details


The ACTIVATE project is an app-based intervention to support veterans who may be experiencing gambling-related harm, and possible comorbid PTSD. ACT refers to acceptance and commitment therapy, which is a structured therapeutic practice based on psychological flexibility and mindfulness. Emerging evidence finds that many veterans do resonate with ACT’s principles, yet veterans often struggle to engage with therapeutic support services. Veterans can be classed as a hard-to-reach group, so by putting ACT in a free resource app they could be supported where they are. The ACTIVATE project includes piloting the app the team have created, testing it works via a range of assessment measures (including cost savings measures), and collecting qualitative data from those with lived experience.

To find out more, visit the project website.

The Office of Veterans Affairs, Central Cabinet

Dr Dan Leightley, King’s College London
Professor Dominic Murphy, Combat Stress