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.
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
PTSD and TBI are associated with high stress levels as is military life for active military and dependents as well. Science tells us that stress denies the pre-frontal cortex of sufficient blood to maintain our highest executive functions. When stressed we are "stupid" unable to operate at peak.
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.
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.
Allow patients to periodically critique mental health providers
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'.
Who would believe that "tapping" on acupressure points on your face and upper body could possibly lead to emotional relief from long standing trauma, in sometimes, just a few sessions? Skilled practitioners can use & teach veterans to use these techniques to address past, present & future issues.
With other 3000 hours of research on the subject i know that HBOT is the ONLY therapy that can help rebuild a damaged brain. Studies in the US, Europe, Israel, Japan and China have proven this. Nutiritional supplement, Adjunctive therapies such as neurobiofeedback, hypnosis, are helpful for PTSD.
The creator of Accelerated Resolution Therapy claims PTSD images can be "erased" in as liitle as 3 sessions. There has been a DoD funded study into this technique. The following is a link to its abstract: http://publications.amsus.org/doi/abs/10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00229
TBI lacks effective management that addresses the brain itself. When used in optimal doses, omega-3 fatty acids offer the advantage of neuroprotection, neuroinflammation, and neuroregeneration. Omega-3s are not a drug and not a cure, but provide the nutritional foundation for healing.
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.
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