Connecting, Caring, Coping

Are you an ex-serviceman or woman who served in the 1990s, or later?

Would you like to help your community develop better support systems?

We’d like to invite you to take part in the VeCHAT study, a proof of concept study to assess whether a brief electronic questionnaire is a good way of assessing and supporting ex-servicemen and women in New Zealand with mental health and lifestyle issues. You don’t need to have any issues to take part, we are interested in testing VeCHAT itself and the VANZ support systems.

Information you provide will go to Veteran Affairs, but no further.

What does taking part involve?

  • Completing a short online questionnaire (VeCHAT) at home or on a personal device. It takes 5-15 minutes and asks questions about your mood and lifestyle. Your responses will be sent to a VANZ doctor, who may contact a VANZ case manager if you need support.
  • You will also be invited to complete an online follow-up survey, asking your opinion of the VeCHAT tool. You can also volunteer to be interviewed to discuss your opinion about VecHAT in more detail. Note, these will focus on whether you liked VeCHAT itself, not on the answers you provided.
  • Participation is voluntary and all information provided is confidential.
  • If you have any questions, contact Margot Darragh on
  • Otherwise, complete the information below, and you will be sent a link to the questionnaire.