Soldier’s Heart is an interactive educational training conference, developed by veterans, that aims to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and aid in suicide prevention among veterans, first responders, and their families. It is not a medical or diagnostic program. Some of the teaching goals included are:
- Reduce the symptoms of PTS and aid in suicide prevention among Alaskan veterans, first responders, and their families.
- Address problems related to PTS by bringing the program to organizations throughout the United States.
Soldier’s Heart offers a five-day training, weekly learning circles, and aftercare that are available to all Alaskan veterans and first responders who have experienced trauma and PTS. Short-term outcomes with participants in the August 2016 pilot have been outstanding. Preliminary research results are showing great promise and participants have commented that the experience has been “life-changing.”