Operation: Tohidu is a transformative empowerment program delivered free to veterans and active duty service members that has dramatically improved the lives of those who are suffering from deployment-related issues like PTS(d) and TBI.
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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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.
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.
Mission Reconnect is an evidence-based, self-directed instructional program of complementary mind- and body-based therapies delivered online and via mobile device app for use by veterans and their partners (spouse, significant other) to support physical, mental, and relationship health. NIMH funded.
The use of biofeedback watches for PTSD is already implemented in some hospitals (see https://www.empatica.com/product-e4) but I believe the key is to reach individual's who haven't yet been diagnosed. In order to do this, it would make sense to employ biofeedback watches during military training.
A program that places these veterans in jobs and provides employment support with job coaches / mental health counselors who are immediately available when issues come up.
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.
In the 1980s the Israeli Defense Forces published, "Fear and Trembling in the Motor Pool." Please find and read it. PTSD is an adjustment disorder best served by "buddy care," rather than dealing with it as a psychosis.
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
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.
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
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.