Bulletproofing the Psyche: Mindfulness Interventions in the Training Environment to Improve Resilience in the Military and Veteran Communities

  • Kate Hendricks Thomas Charleston Southern University
  • Sarah Plummer Taylor University of Denver
Keywords: Veterans, depression, mental health, resilience, mindfulness, warrior culture

Abstract

While clinical health services exist for service members with existing mental health conditions like posttraumatic stress, they are not stemming the rising tide of service suicides. A new approach to mental health intervention and suicide prevention in military-connected personnel is required, one that speaks to the participatory, hardworking ethos of military culture. Social work and health promotion professionals working to prevent and treat mental health problems like depression and stress injuries must understand the confluence of warrior culture and mental health issues in the veteran community. While the research literature does not yet address this confluence issue directly, programs exist that provide guidance, and a mindfulness-based training protocol may provide the answer. The purpose of this review is to provide programming recommendations based on a review of successful exemplars in treatment settings, the limited evaluation of best practices currently available when working with this priority population in prevention settings, and a cultural analysis of the military veteran community.

Author Biographies

Kate Hendricks Thomas, Charleston Southern University
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion
Sarah Plummer Taylor, University of Denver
Graduate Student, School of Social Work
Published
2016-02-08
Section
Articles