Stopping Military Suicides
As suicides among members of the U.S. military and veterans continue at a rate higher than in the general population—at least 20 each day—authors and Marines Kate Hendricks Thomas and Sarah Plummer Taylor present a call for a new approach to this public health crisis. The book details a plan to establish preventative training for mental fitness that will help psychologically “vaccinate” service members against depression and PTSD, the most common precursors to suicidal thoughts. Each topic addressed is illustrated with stories from veterans. Part of the solution, the authors explain, is to present prevention as something for all service members, and as a positive, strength-building, challenging activity for champions, as opposed to a post-trauma treatment only for “weak and broken” warriors.
The very word veteran calls to mind the image of a man. Yet there are currently over 2 million women veterans in the United States. Many of these women served in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their participation throughout the spectrum of military operations, including in combat, is a first in our nation’s history. We’ve heard a small number of their war stories and the debate about combat integration and registering for the draft has riveted Sunday morning talk show hosts. However, their unique experiences reintegrating into society after military service have yet to be recorded, examined, and told. Invisible Veterans works to make those experiences visible. A powerful team of contributors lend their research and personal stories to this volume.
Bulletproofing the Psyche
Anyone can learn to be more resilient. Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans editors have pulled together a team of leaders in the fields of security studies, social work, public health, and veterans’ health practice to outline the case for such skills-building. Mental fitness training methods include body-based protocols long used in the treatment sector to rewire brains after trauma. Weaving together personal stories from military veterans and the latest in holistic behavioral medicine research, this book offers a call to action and health for those interested in peak performance.
Brave Strong True
Brave, Strong, True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance is a practical call to health for America’s modern military warriors and those who support them. With a unique blend of personal narratives and current research, author Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas explores this question: what if we could train America’s service members to succeed in mental battles as we do in physical ones?
Transparent and honest, this book outlines clear strategies – including social support, self regulation, and spiritual practice – for readers to meet the challenge of living purposeful lives. The methods for cultivating resilience outlined in this book will speak to readers from all walks of life and can make anyone a better parent, partner, or professional.
Just Roll With It
A Wellness Journal
Goal accomplishment requires focused attention and intention. One of the best ways to meet a goal is to write it down, and journaling can help you stay on track. Not sure what your goals should be? The personal assessments will show you where your wellness gaps are at present, and guide you towards making changes and choices that will promote real happiness and holistic health. This is a journal like none you have ever tried! Full of health tips and motivation, this guide will help you make healthy and lasting changes in how you are honoring your individual health on every level. Check-in with yourself using this month-long holistic wellness journal. Assess your current health status, set goals to work towards more balance, and enjoy your journey towards improved happiness, calm, and fitness!