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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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Mission Reconnect: Wellness Training for Veterans and Their Partners

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.

Submitted by (@w.mph1)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Casemanagers/Community Support Workers

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 ..

Submitted by (@snapoutofit46)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

HeartMath Stress Relief Skills Training

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.

Submitted by (@john001)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Primary Care Physicians can help decease delays in diagnosis and treatment.

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.

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

One Mission One Veteran At A Time

When our service members are discharged, it appears they are forgotten. A follow up center is the first step to reach out to our service members and their families. Opening a call center that offers follow up services that focus on privacy, accessibility, and cultural awareness.

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

AboutFace-Veteran/Family Transition, Reintegration, and Community Education Prgm

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

Submitted by (@clabranche)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

How to handle the issue

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?

Submitted by (@kevincdul)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Family members get PTSD as well

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.

Submitted by (@beccacosio)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

ACUPUNCTURE: A Complimentary Alternative for Treatment

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.

Submitted by (@bethbachus)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Herbal Medicine/Neutraceutical Re-Memory in TBI and PTSD

TBI and PTSD are both chronic conditions after Trauma which involve complex uncertain/unclear mechanisms. Herbal medicine with role in improving brain health and microcirculation may play a key role in their management and rehabilitations. Open mind and study it.

Submitted by (@shengtingli)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Horses helping people put their minds in motion - 8 years of effective treatment

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

Submitted by (@ilka.parent)

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Challenge: Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Encouraging Veterans to Work in the "Helping Profession"

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.

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