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It is estimated that over half a million veterans have returned home from combat suffering with post-traumatic stress. Fewer than half of the soldiers who report symptoms of combat-related PTS receive the care they need, and between 20% and 50% of soldiers that begin treatment, walk away from treatment before its completion. There is a general lack of trust for mental health professionals, a belief that psychological problems tend to work themselves out on their own and a perception that seeking mental health treatment should be a last resort. There is a need for a less invasive, individual and peer-centered approach.
CDR. Mark Divine, founder of The Courage Foundation and retired Navy SEAL, has spent his post-Navy career helping people from all walks of life break through barriers to develop resilience and reach peak levels of performance. His integrated warrior development program has been effective in increasing mental toughness and emotional resiliency in Navy SEAL candidates, professional athletes and entrepreneurs.
There are reasons why some people are more resistant to stress than others. Emotional resilience including resilience to stress can be developed (Post Traumatic Growth) by a motivated individual. Resilience to stress is associated consistently with at least 6 psychosocial factors: active coping methods, regular physical exercise, a positive outlook, a moral compass, social support, and cognitive flexibility. Our programs provide a framework and tools to develop these factors, and are based on training methods from both eastern and western warrior traditions to develop resilience, mastery and courage.
The training integrates physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual aspects of one’s being through simple and highly effective self-administered training tools. The methodologies utilized in the program include the body, mind and spirit; such as physical training, yoga, mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques, contemplation, journaling, visualization, positivity reinforcement, goal setting, teamwork and service.
We believe the most potent means of fostering post-traumatic growth in vets is by integrated development. This includes development of self-awareness, situational awareness, emotional control and resiliency, physical health and fitness, positivity and re-discovering one’s Passion, Principles and Purpose in life. Once these aspects of one’s personality are strengthened, then the vet can positively integrate back into their family, meaningful relationships and to society at large.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of our returning veterans!
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