Military and First Responder
Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be a difficult and trying time. Issues ranging combat (and non-combat) related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, family reunification, loss of identity, depression, anxiety, homelessness, anger management, substance abuse, grief and loss, suicide, and those hidden and not so hidden service connected disabilities may all impact one’s ability to successfully re-integrate into life following a tour of duty or discharge from the military.
Female Veterans have a unique experience in the military, one that is often under represented and warrants special attention and space to explore. Furthermore, children, families and partners may struggle with interpersonal and readjustment issues related to deployment-related stressors, parental separation, family reunification, physical abuse, divorce, depression and grief and loss.
Similarly, first responders are unique in their experience and needs. Due to the very nature of their job, first responders experience more acute stress and trauma than the general population. Shift after shift, they continue to put themselves on the front lines responding to crises and exposure to traumatic events become the norm, living in a state of hypervigilance. This takes a toll, physically and mentally, leaving any individual depleted and at increased risk for developing unhealthy coping skills, such as alcohol, drug use, detachment, isolation, and aggression. Having a safe space to explore experiences and address underlying issues is imperative to receiving the help one needs and achieve a level of wellness and personal recovery necessary to continue to be effective in serving the community.