Today's environment leaves many of us in desperate need of help to navigate through life and many of us may be in danger of suicide, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying, anxiety, and an overload of stress. A high percentage (24.4 million) of our veterans are chronically depressed or are having challenges in dealing with life's problems. Many are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorders or traumatic brain injuries. Living in a defensive mode while enlisted or deployed may make for a difficult transition back to civilian life. All too often they self-medicate to alleviate their pain or turn to self-destructive outlets. Sometimes they simply choose to withdraw from society, neglect responsibilities, or worse, they just give up on life completely. With a veteran suicide rate of 22 each day, MHAGC is committed to helping our nation’s veterans and their families dealing with mental health issues and the changes related to coming home. With more than 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time for a program in support of our veterans!! A new battle begins for our veterans and their families when they come home. (Source: va.gov/opa/docs/suicide-data-report-2012-final.pdf)
Vetted2Live™ for Veterans and their Families:
Objective: Sessions include instructional strategies, anticipatory sets, exercises and videos and closure activities; all geared towards providing knowledge on how to identify what is going on, what to do about it for oneself or for someone else and developing an understanding, compassion and social responsibility. The focus is on veteran and veteran family challenges once a soldier returns home.
The goals of the program are to significantly reduce suicide and attempts; create a holistically supportive and nurturing community environment; to increase knowledge about TBI, PTSD and other brain disorders that may be a result of being deployed, working in a hostile and dangerous environment and then leaving active duty and transitioning back to a civilian life. These sessions are developed to provide knowledge, and understanding and support for the veteran, spouse and other family members so together they can work to the betterment of the familial relationships and overall wellness.
The sessions include how to manage lifelong mental health, including the role of nutrition and the brain, special discussions about dealing with stress, anxiety and depression (SAD™), Post Traumatic Brain Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), dealing with grief and managing relationships; focused specifically on veterans and their families. The agenda is modified and sessions are customized to address specific concerns.
Impact of the V2L™ Program
The goal is to have a statistically significant change in knowledge and attitude at the end of the sessions. These sessions help veterans and their families deal with challenges of the veteran family life. Families acquire knowledge and skills to deal with the changes they are facing along with the specific difficulties based on their situation. Our V2L™ program has been specifically developed for veterans, their spouses, parents and children.
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