What is the GEARS Program?
The Group Emotional and Relationship Skills (GEARS) program is a 12 week (2 hours per week) psychoeducation and skills-based program tailored specifically for current and former serving military and emergency service personnel. Designed and delivered by lived experience peers with a service background, this program aims to improve mood regulation, interpersonal communication and relationship skills through the lens of what it means to be a serviceman or servicewoman.
The GEARS program was developed by Dr Jon Lane, Psychiatrist, current ADF Reservist and Afghanistan Veteran.
You will learn how to:
- Become more aware and comfortable with your emotions
- Develop positive, healthy coping skills for distressing feelings
- Identify unhealthy relationship patterns
- Build skills to improve your relationships
- Build resilience and confidence.
To be eligible for a place in the program, you must:
- Be a current or former military or emergency services member
- Have mental health symptoms that concern you
- Obtain a referral from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist to attend the program – Clinician Referral Form.
Please note the clinician referral is mandatory to participate.
The GEARS program is held in Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart and online sessions are also available via Zoom.