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.
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
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
I am not a medical professional but have saved a life with CPR. I propose a CPR type training helps people create a bridge between those affected with PTSD/TBI and Medical providers. Something simple like: (RULE)- R (recognize) U (understand) L (listen) E (encourage). It would empower and assist.
What is PTSD, why do they have it, why is it doing stuff to them and what can they do to heal. A spouse doesn't have to experience combat to understand what it is putting their veteran through. They want to help but don't know how. Families like mine have been doing it since the 1984.
Caregivers know little about TBI. They don't understand why their loved ones act & communicate they way they do & often respond negatively; impacting their relationship. They are unfamiliar with their loved one's treatments. They have lost support from family & friends because of behavioral issues.
The ManageMyFatigue app is the practical solution needed by so many for dealing with ongoing fatigue. It helps individuals with brain injury, PTSD, etc. to become more productive, improve energy, and help optimize overall wellness as a result of increased awareness and improved self-regulation.