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.
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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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
Friends, family members and relevant professionals jointly participate to coordinate, encourage and support TBI patient overall health adherence program. Medication adherence, appointment follow up, etc. are monitored for completion and "buddies" can be included real time, to step in and assist.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence based 8 week program created in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts medical school. This class helps veterans and military family members dealing with PTSD or other battle related issues.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ignorance is always our worst enemy. Wars are won because we know our enemy and we can anticipate their next move. Education with an emphasis on destigmatization of PTSD and TBI before deployment is the key. Without it, how can we expect our servicemen to know how to battle their mental injuries?
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'.
My Mind Lab – A Warrior Health Solution is a commercial off the shelf artificial intelligence software product that is the beginning step to in the diagnosis and treatment of warfighters/veterans with PTSD, TBI or other mental health related conditions. It provides real time diagnosis/treatment.
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.
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.
I believe that a useful and efficient use of funds would be to train under-employed but intelligent and motivated spouses to identify and treat PTSD through education and 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.