Mental Health

Mission, Purpose & Therapy from Farming

Researched by C. Orlowski & R. MacDougall. Written by R. MacDougall. Do you know that Veterans make good farmers? And that farming can be good for Veterans? Why Veterans make good farmers Arcadia Farm says “years of service have honed their [Veterans] ability to lead; to work independently or as part of a team; to … Read more

New Number for the Veterans Crisis Line

There’s a new, easy-to-remember way to reach the Veterans Crisis Line—Dial 988 then Press 1. On July 16th, 2022, the United States introduced ‘988’ as a three-digit phone number for 24/7 crisis care. The 988 number links to the Veterans Crisis Line through dialing 988 then pressing 1. Veterans, service members, and their families can … Read more

Sports – More Than Just Fun and Games

Researched by Shannon Wahler. Written by Ruth MacDougall What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘therapy’? Hospitals and doctor’s offices? Waiting rooms and clinics? What about rivers, forests, and golf courses? Studies show that outdoor sports and recreational activities have value as therapy. They can help physical and psychological problems. They can decrease ... Read more

Sexual Violence, What Is It And How To Protect Yourself

The feel of his dry papery hands on the back of my neck sends cold chills down my back. I want to scream and run out his office but the hours that I have spent working keeps me in the chair. This opportunity for this promotion is with in my grasp.   When he called me into his office I was … Read more

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Among Veterans

The blinking digital numbers on the scales seem to be taking forever. I can’t believe I agreed to have dinner with my friends last night.  Now I have to get up an hour earlier so I can get in extra time working out before work.   The next morning after my workout at the gym, I grab my stuff and head … Read more

What To Do When You Have Post Holiday Blues

I turn the corner and see more Christmas lights being stuffed in a box and my heart breaks a little more. My steps slow down trying to grasp the last bits of the holidays that remain. Juggling the takeout and keys I finally get my apartment door open. “Hello?” I say to my empty apartment. … Read more

How to Keep Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season is supposed to be a time for relaxing and celebrating with friends and family. The most wonderful time of year can also prove harmful to your health and safety. Christmas trees, candles, holiday decorations, and even the holiday dinner can be threats to your health if you’re not careful. Here’s some safety tips to keep your … Read more

How to Approach and Help Someone with Thoughts of Suicide

One voice is all it could take. One smile. One person to reach out and show that they care. One reason to not extinguish the one and only flame that ignites the soul. One reason to keep living. One voice can have a heavier impact than the weight of the world burdened on someone depressed and suicidal.  Nearly 800,000 people die by … Read more

Vets Helping Vets: The Value of Veteran-led Assistance and Support

Written by Natalie Schroeder and Andrea Bowling Researched by Natalie Schroeder I see the dark clouds coming and I hope I can get home before the downpour starts.  The spray from the passing car splashes my windshield and I turn my windshield wipers on high. As I inch my way up to the crosswalk waiting for my turn to enter … Read more

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