May is Mental Health Awareness month, which provides us with an excellent opportunity to talk about a much-discussed, and often misunderstood, subject that affects all of us. More importantly than just talking, however, are the actions we can take to make a meaningful difference in our own mental health and the mental health of those we care most about.
Veterans stay at Boulder Crest Lodges free of charge for various lengths of time, depending upon their needs.
As a society, we mistakenly talk about mental health in binary terms. Either someone has mental health issues or they don’t. If they have mental health issues, they are diagnosed, and their symptoms are treated with a combination of talk therapy and medication. The objective is to make people feel less bad, and success is defined as a meaningful (although often short-lived) reduction in their symptoms.
The truth about mental health is much different. We will all find ourselves at different points along the mental health continuum during the course of our lives. We will come to know trauma and triumph, success and struggle, pain and purpose. When we do struggle, we can do far better than just minimizing symptoms; we can learn how to grow, gain strength, and struggle well because of those challenges.
This is the approach we take at Boulder Crest Retreat, to great success. Our Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) program is the first-ever program designed to cultivate and facilitate Post-traumatic Growth