Soldier’s Heart

OVERVIEW

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:

  1. Reduce the symptoms of PTS and aid in suicide prevention among Alaskan veterans, first responders, and their families.
  2. 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.”