Caregivers know little about TBI. They don't understand why their loved ones act & communicate they way they do & often respond negatively; impacting their relationship. They are unfamiliar with their loved one's treatments. They have lost support from family & friends because of behavioral issues.
Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge
You can help shape the future of mental health and traumatic brain injury care!
Mental health is as important as physical health. However, many people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) don’t get the care they need – including our nation’s service members.
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) exists to improve the lives of our nation's service members, veterans, and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care – and we want to hear from you.
We challenge you to share your thoughts on improving care.
If you could pitch an idea to fill gaps in care and improve the well-being of people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, what would it be?
Gaps in care may exist in areas such as prevention, diagnosis and identification, treatment, or research. Solutions can include ideas for new services, technologies, products, or specific research related to PTSD and TBI.
You can make a difference
Your input is valuable and we want to hear from everyone — whether you are a caregiver, a clinician, someone living with PTSD or TBI, or someone with a good idea to share. You don’t have to be an expert to participate.
How do I share my idea?
For submission instructions and rules on eligibility, see the Entry Form Instructions Instructions page. We also provide tips on how to create a strong submission. Top submissions will include recommendations for specific areas where DCoE can focus its resources, along with actionable solutions that would help patients, providers and caregivers.
I submitted my idea, now what?
After you enter your idea, we encourage you and your friends, to explore all of the ideas in the challenge to leave comments and vote for your favorites.
- Selection Process: Once the challenge is complete, DCoE leadership will evaluate all entries using the criteria listed on the Judging Process page. DCoE may use the information provided via challenge entries to inform future research and the development of new products and services.
- Award: The person(s) submitting the winning submission will have an opportunity to present his or her idea to senior military health leadership in addition to being eligible for additional awards. Although all entries may not garner an award, the ideas shared will help improve mental health outcomes – making all submissions valuable. Further details on awards will be announced mid-May, and all registered solvers will be notified at this time.
More about DCoE
To learn more about DCoE, please visit our Background page.
Submit New Idea
Out of the 1500+ VA medical centers and CBOCs, there are fewer than 75 creative arts therapists. Our nations veterans have very little access to arts therapies. An online community of arts therapists should be established to provide access for veterans who cannot get to hospitals with arts access.
There is no simple solution for PTSD. AA provides a model of addressing an Illness with community, support and understanding. Adapt the Big Book with permission from AA to build a step model of recovery. PTSD is an American issue, not solely a Veteran issue.
One of the biggest problems is there are far too few psychiatrist to carry the load of so many patients with mental health issues and most primary care specialist are either not interested or feel ill repaired to treat mental illness or traumatic brain injury.
Central to TRR's Warrior Camp® program is Trauma-Informed Equine Therapy - using horses unmounted and at liberty - to assist warriors resolve traumatic experiences, enhance resilience, and reduce suicides. Horses are inherently non-judgemental and have a profound impact on Moral Injury.
The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home project has been designed by Dr. Paula Caplan. It pairs non-veteran listeners with veterans on a voluntary basis
Cognitive tasks via the internet , designed to stimulate the development of new neurons from the hippocampus, forming 30,000 new connections (neurogenesis) throughout the brain, making permanent neuropathways that can form a Cognitive Reserve that can last a lifetime, even after another accident.
Acupuncture provided by Licensed Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine should be part of the treatments offered to Veterans for PTSD or TBI. These conditions are managed not cured so it should be offered at the VAMC instead of as a fee base service.
Now in it's 8th year of delivering equine assisted services, Minds-n-Motion effectively assists active duty/retired service members in overcoming the limitations that accompany trauma related experiences. Experiential in design our work incorporates horses with proven psychotherapeutic interventions
To come to terms with the problem we have to identify the problem. What specific events in active force are still lingering in the mind. What orders did you follow against your moral compass/will? Do you see yourself getting over it? Do you feel you can get over it?
I'm writing a travel blog that will highlight options for PTSD, MST & TBI recovery. The goal is to find complementary mental health services & alternative therapies that enhance quality of life for such veterans. As a LPCA (pending) I will also provide Skype counseling services to veterans like me.
A recent RAND Study states that the number one remedy for veterans dealing with the effects of combat is a feeling of belonging or fitting-in. The DoD and VA can't do it alone. Local communities must get involved & provide nonmedical support centers to promote purpose, healing, wellness & self-worth