In order to ensure that the Head Space and Timing community is providing the most support possible to veterans, their families, and those who support veterans, we offer weekly posts that highlight free resources for veterans. This is important to us: in our opinion, veterans should not have to pay for their mental health care. That’s not to say that those providing the care should work for free, as mental health and wellness professionals that spent considerable time and effort receiving clinical training and developing their skills, and should be compensated appropriately. Instead, it is important to find other resources available, such as Insurance (with or without co-pay), the Choice Program, or grant-based or scholarship-based programs, which will enable to counselor or therapist to meet with the veteran. That is the goal of this series of posts.
The resource highlight this week is a foundation that is supporting veterans by partnering with mental health professionals in certain communities around the United States. Rather than requiring mental health professionals to donate small amounts of their regular schedule to provide services for veterans, the Headstrong Project locates and partners with mental health professionals in various locations.
The Headstrong Project was founded in 2012 and provides mental health counseling for veterans needing support for many of the unique mental health challenges they experience:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Anger Management
- Trauma, Grief, and Loss
Like many providers around the country, the Headstrong Project recognizes that there are many reasons that veterans do not seek help: lack of understanding of the need for support, the stigma against asking for help, lack of resources to pay for these services. In an effort to develop a greater understanding of how they support, I’ve reached out to the staff at the Headstrong Project, and I can assure you that they are veterans helping veterans in one of the most critical ways possible.
So how does it work? On their website, click the words “Get Help” and an intake specialist will contact you within 48 hours. This is NOT a crisis line or immediate resource, but instead intended for more long-term support. The Headstrong Project is currently located in New York City, Houston, Chicago, San Diego, and are emerging in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
For their sacrifice and service to our country, veterans can and should get access to mental health care that makes their lives, and the lives of their families, more fulfilling and meaningful. The Headstrong Project is one organization that is doing just that.