Veterans and supporters come together to Run As One

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Today is June 7, 2020! What does that mean? 

For Eagle Nation, it means that across the country, veterans, service members, civilians, representatives from a variety of veteran service organizations, and people of all races, ethnicities, and walks of life are choosing to Run As One. 

Run As One shines a spotlight on the positive impacts of exercise on veterans’ mental health during Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Run As One was first held in 2012 in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, who took his own life after battling PTSD and depression. Clay was an active participant in many veteran organizations and the event serves as a celebration of the networks that empower, unite, and enrich the lives of veterans. 

Once you complete your Run As One with your local Team RWB chapter or in your own neighborhood, know that it doesn’t stop there. You can #ChallengeTheStigma every day by reaching out to RWB Eagles, battle buddies, or other members of the military community to check in and say hello. Invite someone out for a run, walk, ruck or other form of exercise. It is proven that physical activity has a positive impact on mental health and wellness. During your outreach, if you identify a person in need of assistance or in crisis, the following resources may be helpful.

CRISIS RESOURCES

Always call 911 for immediate assistance. The crisis resources below are available 24/7.

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.
  • Veterans Crisis Line
    The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis, their families and friends with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255.
  • Vets4Warriors
    Vets4Warriors offers confidential, stigma-free, peer-support by veterans to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, veterans, military retirees, and their families. Call toll-free at 855-838-8255, chat online, or send an email to [email protected]
  • Crisis Text Line
    The Crisis Text Line assists individuals in crisis through text message anywhere in the U.S. at any time by connecting them to a trained crisis counselor. Text HELLO to 741741.

COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

  • George W. Bush Institute Warrior Wellness Alliance
    The George W. Bush Institute Warrior Wellness Alliance is an innovative alliance that connects high-quality care providers and veteran peer networks to empower seeking treatment for the invisible wounds of war.
  • Wounded Warrior Project Warrior Care Network
    Dedicated to providing veterans PTSD help, Warrior Care Network is a collaboration aimed at creating a nationwide, comprehensive care network that will enhance access and provide clinical and family-centered treatment to veterans needing treatment for PTSD, TBI and other related conditions.
  • Stop Soldier Suicide
    Stop Soldier Suicide works one-on-one with service members, veterans and military family members to help navigate the maze of services, programs and assistance available. Stop Solider Suicide identifies each individual’s specific needs and provides continued support for 24 months.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Website
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers methods to get help, self help resources, and educational materials for mental health conditions.
  • PTSD Coach Online
    PTSD Coach Online helps those who need help with upsetting feelings, including trauma survivors, their families, and anyone coping with stress.
  • Cohen Veterans Network
    The Cohen Veterans Network provides high-quality, accessible, integrated mental health care to post-9/11 veterans and military families – including those from the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of discharge status or role in uniform.
  • Give An Hour
    Give An Hour provides care and support for service members, veterans, and their families who otherwise might not receive it by harnessing the skills, expertise, and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across the country.
  • National Counseling Services
    National Counseling Services offers counseling to current or former service members and their loved ones of any branch, regardless of discharge status, anywhere in the United States.
  • Courage Beyond
    Courage Beyond provides confidential, free programs and services to warriors and their loved ones facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other invisible wounds of military service.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities including affordable mental health services.
  • National Resource Directory
    The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, injured and ill service members, veterans and their families with national, state and local support programs. The NRD is a partnership among the Department of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.
  • SAFEProject Treatment Locator
    SAFEProject’s Treatment Locator helps substance dependent individuals identify treatment options that match their specific needs.

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

  • Five Signs of Emotional Suffering
    Give An Hour’s Change Direction campaign outlines five signs that indicate emotional suffering. These signs include personality changes, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. 
  • S.A.V.E. by the PsychArmor Institute
    The PsychArmor Institute offers a free course that helps individuals develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States. The program covers how to identify a veteran who may be at risk for suicide and what to do if a veteran at risk is identified.
  • SAFEProject’s Lessons Learned
    SAFEProject offers a list of various lessons and advice pertaining to substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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