Ultimately, ArtReach and the Graffiti of War Project want to utilize ArtReach's Model in communities across the nation and around the world not just for our Veterans, Warfighters and their Families but everyone who has been affected by war.
* Adaptable to working internationally and domestically
* Workshop leaders complete an intensive 5 phase train-the-trainers program
* Screening and selection of group members
* 3-4 days immersion in creative arts group process
* Individual, small group, and large group creative arts tasks and discussion
* Retreats, workshops, Train the Trainers Training, and short demonstrations available
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ArtReach has been making a difference for over a decade in the lives of thousands. Just recently they saw the benefits that could be transferred to the lives of our men and women in uniform and began their new endeavor, Project America, in 2010. Our vision in partnering with ArtReach is to ensure that every service member is given the opportunity to take advantage of this program at no cost. We need your help, though, to make this a reality. For more information on ArtReach visit their website, www.artreachprojectamerica.com or send an email to email@example.com.
* Over 400,000 traumatized persons have received direct benefit of the ArtReach Model
* 750 people trained in the ArtReach Model internationally and domestically (combined)
* Cohesion and connectivity reflected through on-going relationships between trainers.
* Invitations to repeat and/or expand the ArtReach Model of training at Project sites
* Completion of qualitative research on training workshops held in Lebanon, Jordan, & U.S.
* Workshop Participants’ verbal and written feedback, art, and poetry compiled
* Project America is currently conducting research on participants, and is planning a controlled research study
Our Focus -
As of May 31, 2011, approximately 5,600 providers have donated nearly 39,000 hours of service. Besides the physical injuries sustained, countless servicemen and servicewomen have experienced psychological symptoms directly related to their deployment. Our military leaders are well aware of the human cost of this campaign. Indeed, they are attempting to address the psychological needs of the troops through a variety of programs within the military culture. Unfortunately, the tremendous number of people affected makes it impossible for the military to respond adequately to the mental health needs in its greater community. A major barrier preventing military personnel from seeking appropriate treatment is the perception of stigma associated with treatment. Many fear that seeking mental health services will jeopardize their career or standing. We are also offering services to parents, siblings, and unmarried partners who are not entitled to receive mental health benefits through the military.
Our Plan -
Give an Hour™ recruits mental health professionals in several ways. We have been
endorsed by the major mental health associations in the United States: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Psychiatric Association/American Psychiatric Foundation, American Psychological Association among others. Only licensed mental health professionals are included in the network. Licenses
are verified. Only mental health professionals trained and experienced to work with trauma victims will identify themselves as available to work with soldiers who have experienced combat. The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation awarded Give an Hour™, in partnership with the American Psychiatric Foundation, a major grant that is allowing us to spread our message to the leaders of the mental health community in every state. We are recruiting volunteers from a number of organizations and institutions as
well as through our Web site to assist us in the implementation of our program.
The Challenge -
Our National Security operatives at home and abroad, endure some of the greatest workforce stresses imaginable. It is heartbreaking to witness such incredibly selfless and dedicated citizens, fall victim to the inevitable consequences of their experiences and to witness the devastating impact it has upon their children, families and on our communities and society as a whole.
In 2009, America lost more soldiers to suicide, than to the Iraq & Afghanistan wars – combined.
Approximately 18 veterans take their own life each day. That is equal to one veteran every 1hr 20 minutes.
In the Army, the female enlisted divorce rate is three times that of enlisted
Within the military the divorce rate exceeds the national average by over 3.6%.
Approximately 40% of the adult male homeless population in the United States comprises veterans and approximately 10% of all homeless veterans are women.
On any given night 200,000 veterans are homeless and over the course of a year, more than 400,000 veterans may experience homelessness.
Outpatient mental health visits provided to children of active duty parents doubled from 1 million to 2 million, between 2003 and 2008.
The Cause -
Why is this happening to our National Security professionals and their families? There are a wide variety of influencing factors some of which are commonly experienced across our National Security domains, such as repeated exposure to physical and emotional stress as well as more specific issues which relate to the organization, the role and even gender. There is no easy answer and within each area there is
There is a frightening and increasing trend, which threatens to destabilize the security of our nation from within. The violence and suffering which we witness in war is traveling home with our valiant warriors, like a virus which threatens to spread its disease beyond the host, to all of those it meets and with equally dire consequences.
The implications, which are presented to as a result of the experiences of our National Security Professionals, are far reaching. Huge numbers of our children have lost their parents to service, and as a result in medical advancement, more parents are surviving their injuries received in combat, and returning home. With recent estimates from the VA, which suggest up to 95 % of all returning combat Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering PTSD symptoms, as well as evidence, which lends itself to the transference of PTSD, our children have never needed our help more than now.
The impact on successful personal and professional performance is profoundly determined by self-efficacy and it’s influence on a person’s choice behavior, motivation, perseverance, and facilitative thought patterns.