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.
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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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.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT 1.5) has been used for several years to heal (repair) damaged Brains in Service Members that have suffered TBIs. This documented and published treatment has been peer reviewed in Medical Journals over many years. My Grandson is one who has been fully 'repaired'.
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
The idea is to have everyone in a unit returning from a combat zone deployment receive in person PTSD screening around 3 months after return. Basically begin PTSD treatment for ALL returning combat vets. This will remove the stigma associated with seeking treatment. Everyone receives it.
Finding ways to motivate and encourage members separating from the military and veterans to pursue training in 'helping professions' such as mental health, social work, and peer mentorship as a method to help their fellow veterans and have a hugely therapeutic quality for the individual also.
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.
In our pharmacy clinic, we are able to perform medication therapy management and dose optimization for veterans unable to reach the main facility's campus. We have recently added the ability to see a client directly in his or her home by adding new software to an existing computer and webcam.
These is no such thing in the VA System…but in the "REAL WORLD" there is such a thing to help support patients with mental health issues on an outpatient basis so they can remain living in the community independently. But in the VA System there is nothing I know because I've tried to get 1 for my ..
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.
A three-month deep briefing required before honorary discharge from the military. My son is a veteran from the United States Marine Corps. The USMC tells our soldiers if they get help they are a week person. Same day access for help with sucide thoughts and therapy help. Waiting too long is deadly.
Based on my reading of the book The Battle Inside~The Military Mental Health Crisis by Marjorie Morrison, I have come to the understanding that mental health of our military needs to be addressed BEFORE there is a crisis or a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI.