Wellness For Warriors
Wellness for Warriors is open to all active military, veterans, active and retired first responders and their families. We provide services and resources that promote physical and mental wellness. Classes are led by professional speakers and instructors.
This class is for military, veterans, first responders, and their families. It introduces mind and body techniques to improve well-being, regardless of physical limitations or psychological distress. Topics covered include stress management, sleep disorders, nutrition, yoga, tai chi and meditation. This class is free.
Dr. Jim Davis offers basic concepts to help others achieve wellness. This class is free.
Wellness for Warriors Veteran Yoga
Most of the hour-long session is dedicated to yoga and stretching, but part of the hour is set aside for discussion. Professionally trained staff and veteran volunteers make special appearances to talk about relaxing and shutting off the fight-or-flight response. Discussions include how to improve nightly sleep, manage your weight, and reduce stress. This class is free to military, veterans, first responders, and their families.
Guitars for Veterans with PTSD and Moral Injury
Moral Injury Institute, Springfield VA VetCenter, SAMI Springfield, and the Center for Music Therapy and Wellness are partnering to put guitars in the hands of Veterans with PTSD and Moral Injury. All group participants must be military veterans.
Connect with fellow First Responders or get crisis support.
All Clear Foundation is driven to change the harmful stigmas and daunting statistics plaguing the First Responder profession. By creating, convening, funding and amplifying innovative programs focused on improving their life expectancy and wellbeing, we have the opportunity to positively impact the men and women who sacrifice so much and shoulder unfathomable burdens in their efforts to keep us and our com- munities safe.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Vision: To be the best for heroes who need us.
The Wellness for Warriors program represents an enduring, community support available to first responders, veterans, and families that can transcend boundaries of any specific public safety or military organizations. A health system like CoxHealth, which is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community, has the infrastructure, expertise, and culture to successfully execute and maintain this program.
In our community, more and more veterans will require better access to health and wellness services. In Missouri, over 60% of veterans are 55+ and most of them are approaching Medicare eligibility according to a 2014 U.S. Census report. In addition, according to a 2016 report by the VA, the suicide rate was 1.5 times greater for veterans than for non-veteran adults.
First responders, likewise, have a need for support especially after retirement from their public safety organizations. Like retired veterans, support will come from areas outside the organization they worked for. For example, a retiree from the Navy or National Guard will get services provided by the VA, not the Navy or National Guard.
First responders, however, do not have the VA infrastructure to support them. Wellness for Warriors can bridge that gap for those first responders who have put their lives on the line to help keep the community safe.
Unfortunately, some health and wellness issues carry stigmas that may prevent a first responder or veteran to seek help or advice with their current organization. Wellness for Warriors can serve as an already-confidential resource to direct care to the appropriate place of service.
Because of the inherent confidentiality of healthcare workers and volunteers, Wellness for Warriors can respond more effectively to help mit- igate stigmas and barriers to care.
Wellness for Warriors can help build case management support networks, promote community awareness, provide wellness tools and edu- cation, and help healthcare systems take a pulse on the overall situation of first responders and veterans. It can be a nexus to help first responder, military, and government organizations connect with community resources in order to help navigate the healthcare landscape.