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 (@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
In Review

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
Active

Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@clabranche)

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

Voting

34 votes
34 up votes
0 down votes
In Review

Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@bridget)

Alternative wellness

Nonprofit in development offers a unique approach for veterans to combat PTSD using alternative wellness strategies like yoga, Krav Maga, massage therapy and other holistic approaches. A pill may help to temporarily numb the effects of trauma, but we seek a more permanent and healthy solution.

Voting

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

Submitted by

New Hope:Treating Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries from the Outside-In

There are no effective treatments for treating severe TBI. In order to address this unmet need, we propose to design and engineer a tissue engineered construct that mimics brain tissue and consists of bioactive elements capable of inducing the repair and replacement of lost brain tissue.

Voting

18 votes
19 up votes
1 down votes
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Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by

Operation: Tohidu

Operation: Tohidu is a transformative empowerment program delivered free to veterans and active duty service members that has dramatically improved the lives of those who are suffering from deployment-related issues like PTS(d) and TBI.

Voting

17 votes
17 up votes
0 down votes
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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
Active

Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge

Submitted by (@owenro)

Healing a Damaged Brain

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'.

Voting

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

Submitted by (@t.inc1)

Warrior Camp® - an innovative, integrated approach to PTSD and Moral Injury

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.

Voting

15 votes
15 up votes
0 down votes
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