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Mental Health Resources for Black Veterans and Families | South Central MIRECC

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The health and wellness of Black Veterans and their families matters! Black Veterans and their families face health care disparities at higher rates in areas such as sleep, stress, wellness, and dementia. Our free clinical education products teach healthy skills to address these and other mental health issues. The goal of our program is to improve access to equitable mental health care for rural and underserved Veterans of all backgrounds. Join our email list to receive SC MIRECC updates.

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PTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
PTSD sleep therapy manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting (CD not available).
  • Includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD
  • in an individual or group setting
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2009
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
Stress Less: Relaxation Enhancement Group Manuals
Relaxation enhancement manuals
This brief relaxation intervention is meant to provide short-term symptom relief for anxiety and stress.
  • Recommended as an adjunct to established first-line treatment approaches
  • Includes manuals for therapists and Veterans
  • Therapist manual covers a comprehensive Relaxation Enhancement protocol that includes relaxation practices, resources, strategies, and a log
  • Veteran manual can serve as a self-help resource to identify reasons to stress less
  • Updated 2019
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
 
Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health
Walking to Wellness Manual
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide
  • Includes tip sheets that outline basic information about exercise and its benefits, worksheets to plan activity, and personal logs to record experiences
  • Published 2015
Management of Dementia Related Behaviors
Delirium Brochure
Dementia related behaviors include wandering, impulsivity, problems with sleep and appetite, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, and many others. These brochures help caregivers and providers identify and manage dementia-related behaviors.
  • Caregiver brochure defines dementia related behaviors, describes causes and treatments for these behaviors, and lists tips and services to encourage caregiver wellness.
  • Provider brochure is available in pocket and letter sizes and describes evaluation, contributing factors, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of dementia related behaviors.
  • Both brochures highlight resources for support.
  • Published 2020
 
PACERS: Program for Advancing Cognitive disorders Education for Rural Staff (6 HOURS CEU)
PACERS dementia and delirium course
PACERS aims to improve outcomes for Veterans and their caregivers, especially those living in rural communities. It has 6 e-learning courses and 5 videos. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors can get continuing education credit for the courses.
  • Identify the signs symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of delirium and dementia/dementia subtypes
  • Identify dementia warning signs
  • Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment
  • Learn about the differences between normal and abnormal cognitive aging and the importance of being a caregiver and available resources
  • Learn topics related to decision-making, advanced-care planning and safety
  • Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families
  • Published 2016
 
Article: Recognizing African‐American Contributions to Neurology: The Role of Solomon Carter Fuller (1872–1953) in Alzheimer's Disease Research
This free open access article by Hamzah Mohammed highlights Solomon Carter Fuller, the first African-American psychiatrist and a pioneer in Alzheimer's disease. Mohammad introduces readers to the impact of racial inequality in medicine and brings the underrecognized accomplishments of Dr. Fuller in Alzheimer's disease research to light.
  • Details Dr. Fuller's career contributions to neurology and psychiatry
  • Discusses racial disparities that exist in the provision of mental health care in the U.S. to African Americans
  • Highlights the larger impact of racial discrimination against African Americans working in medicine and science in the past and today
 

 

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Last updated: February 23, 2021