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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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@carlandanne)

Understanding PTSD and it's effects on traditional social behavior

My husband could not attend funerals where the casket was open for viewing because he could smell the dead body. Collecting anecdotal behaviors from spouses or caregivers and sharing that information would help people understand why veterans who have survived combat have different social cues..

Voting

15 votes
15 up votes
0 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@michelle)

Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive? There’s an app for that: ManageMyFatigue

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.

Voting

176 votes
179 up votes
3 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@silverliningvillages)

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT-Tapping) Provides Great Relief to Veterans!

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.

Voting

135 votes
137 up votes
2 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by

Open Access

Provide list of providers and clinics that have open access intake procedures. This insures same day access to care. Adopt this model in VA outpatient clinics where patients can be seen the same day they call for an appointment.

Voting

9 votes
9 up votes
0 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@michael)

Increasing use of video-to-home as a method for delivering care

In our pharmacy clinic, we are able to perform medication therapy management and dose optimization for veterans unable to reach the main facility's campus. We have recently added the ability to see a client directly in his or her home by adding new software to an existing computer and webcam.

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7 votes
8 up votes
1 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@teletherapy)

Cognitive Rehab via TeleHealth

Cognitive tasks via the internet , designed to stimulate the development of new neurons from the hippocampus, forming 30,000 new connections (neurogenesis) throughout the brain, making permanent neuropathways that can form a Cognitive Reserve that can last a lifetime, even after another accident.

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5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@roseabuds)

3 month debriefing before released

A three-month deep briefing required before honorary discharge from the military. My son is a veteran from the United States Marine Corps. The USMC tells our soldiers if they get help they are a week person. Same day access for help with sucide thoughts and therapy help. Waiting too long is deadly.

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11 votes
11 up votes
0 down votes
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