Safe equine activities and therapies provide benefits for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional issues. Horses require "in the moment" responses which allows relearning how it is to feel normal. Sequencing for persons with TBI helps cognitive processing. Equine emotional bonding is real
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.
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Distribution of PH and TBI preventive materials to Service Academies, ROTC units and USUHS
Distribution of PH and TBI preventive materials to Fairfax County schools and coaches
The Theralase system has successfully treated over 100 patients suffering from TBI, Dementia, Dystonia and PTSD. Only 4-6 Treatments needed over two eek period
CR is a non-linear, sequencing model for decreasing repetitive behaviors. Using the 5 senses as descriptors for memories, we look for missing or odd information getting us to the unknown core block that is driving these behaviors. CR is successful on 5 continents, in 9 countries and 22 US States.
As a community we need to acknowledge the basic reality that trauma and it's life altering effects can and do happen to family members as well. At its most basic level this means changing the way we talk about PTSD in the military to include all the shapes it takes in the community.
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.
PTSD survivors speak openly with senior leaders, health professionals, returning veterans, military members suffering PTSD and their extended support networks to create open forums for discussion to the de-stigmatization of PTSD.
My husband could not attend funerals where the casket was open for viewing because he could smell the dead body. Collecting anecdotal behaviors from spouses or caregivers and sharing that information would help people understand why veterans who have survived combat have different social cues..
Healing Touch has been used with guided imagery at Camp Pendleton for post-deployment Marines from Afghanistan with PTSD symptoms, significantly reducing the symptoms. Healing Touch is an energy-based, non-invasive treatment that restores and balances the biofield to help decrease pain and anxiety.
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.
I have just began reading this book. It helps me understand way I feel the way I felt, why I did what I did and not feel guilt. And the best part is it's not just for veterans but friends, family spouses and even commanders, which I think should read. Learned so much in 67 pages so far.
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.