One of the Greatest Weapons in the Miltary’s Arsenal was Useless Without the Head space and Timing Gauge. Veterans Can Be Rendered Inoperable if their Headspace and Timing is Not Set Correctly As Well.

Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective

Veteran Mental Health Bootcamp: Beyond PTSD and TBI

Veteran Mental Health Bootcamp: Beyond PTSD and TBI

How much do you really know about veteran mental health? Are you aware that it goes beyond just the common misconceptions that a majority of veterans struggle with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury? Over the past year, I’ve had many discussions with veterans, their family members, and those who serve veterans about thisRead more about Veteran Mental Health Bootcamp: Beyond PTSD and TBI[…]

Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population

Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population

              This article was originally published in the November issue of Counseling Today. Counseling Today is the official professional publication of the American Counseling Association. It was written in cooperation with the Department of Veteran Affairs Suicide Prevention Office.   Thank you, as always, for your support! If you have suggestionsRead more about Counseling Today: Suicide prevention strategies with the military-affiliated population[…]

HST150 – Maureen Elias – Advocacy for Suicide Prevention

HST150 – Maureen Elias – Advocacy for Suicide Prevention

Full Episode Summary Episode About Today’s Guest: Maureen joined the Army in 2001. During her military career she served in Darmstadt, Germany and Monterey, California. She was promoted to corporal in June 2004 and sergeant in February 2005. Maureen was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Maureen currently lives in Bowie,Read more about HST150 – Maureen Elias – Advocacy for Suicide Prevention[…]

HST149 – Bobby Herrera – The Gift of Struggle

HST149 – Bobby Herrera – The Gift of Struggle

Full Episode Summary Episode About Today’s Guest: Bobby Herrera is the author of The Gift of Struggle, a book about leadership and the life-changing lessons we learn through our struggles. He is also the co-founder and president of Populus Group. With a passion for building strong culture and communities through trust and storytelling, his leadershipRead more about HST149 – Bobby Herrera – The Gift of Struggle[…]

HST148 – Caitlin Thompson – Suicide Prevention

HST148 – Caitlin Thompson – Suicide Prevention

Full Episode Summary Episode About Today’s Guest: As Vice President of Community Partnerships at Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Caitlin Thompson is responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners. She was most recently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Suicide Prevention, leadingRead more about HST148 – Caitlin Thompson – Suicide Prevention[…]

Arrogance, Ability, and the Veteran Mindset

Arrogance, Ability, and the Veteran Mindset

In my experience…and this is as much personal experience as it is observation…veterans tend to underestimate their own abilities and capacities. Whether it’s because the military is a collective culture where there is a set parameter of “acceptable” behavior, or because of the evaluative nature of the military, we are and can be extremely self-critical.Read more about Arrogance, Ability, and the Veteran Mindset[…]

Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior

Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior

In any community, people speak in lowered voices about the place that people go when they’re in psychological distress. It’s derogatorily called the “loony bin” or the “nuthouse.” The conversation gets chill and people quickly change the subject when you hear of someone who went to the local psychiatric hospital. We don’t react that wayRead more about Moving Towards Stigma Reduction and Improving Treatment Seeking Behavior[…]