In past blogs, I’ve mentioned the use of mindfulness in military pre-deployment training.
As this process is in its infancy, there are many service people who will never come across mindfulness training as part of their military experience.
One organization that is trying to rectify this gap, at least upon reentry into civilian life, is the Coming Home Project.
The Project provides care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers.
Their programs address the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationship challenges experienced during all stages of deployment but especially reintegration.
The Coming Home Project provides a safe place – a community – for families, their veterans and service members, and their service providers to come together and share their stories, struggles and accomplishments.
During retreats, participants are introduced to new skills (like mindfulness and yoga) for reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing well-being, and are invited to use expressive means such as writing and drawing for issues that can’t easily be verbalized.
It’s just one program linking mindfulness practices to psychotherapy and trauma treatment.
For more information on how mindfulness can be an effective treatment for trauma, check out other programs here.
What mindfulness-based methods have you utilized to reconnect someone to their community?
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