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Why Nutritional Psychology May Be Able to Help First Responders’ Mental Health

  Ongoing stress is a factor in many people’s lives today. There is a lot going on in the world from war to famine, social media concerns to issues around health and wellness. People who struggle with mental health the most are vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies as well. This includes first responders. EMS culture is one that works off high… Read More

VFR Healthcare Launches Telemental Health Services for First Responders, Healthcare and Emergency Professionals on Front Lines of COVID-19 National Crisis

New York, NY, March 31, 2020 – VFR Healthcare (Veteran & First Responder Healthcare), the sister company of Strive Health, today announced a new initiative to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed Telemental Health services designed specifically for First Responders, healthcare and emergency professionals, and their families on the front line of the coronavirus (COVID-19) national crisis. Dr. Jeffrey Geller, the President-elect of… Read More

 How to Help Veterans Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery 

Active duty members of the armed forces are more likely to encounter situations that put them at risk. They may experience physical, mental, or moral injury. The moral injury occurs when they are put in a position to harm or kill someone in the war. Opioids are often given to help them care for their injuries and treat them. The… Read More

 Know the Risks and Symptoms of PTSD in First Responders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition veterans may suffer from when they return from combat. Trauma takes many forms but mental health issues should not be ignored. They can lead to other health risks and complications, including addiction. Stigma still exists where first responders and veterans don’t feel they can speak out about their challenges. Many may… Read More

 What is Self-Empowerment in Recovery?

An approach to addiction recovery that is empowering does not accomplish that goal without some hard work. Recovery takes a lot of little steps to add up to big victories. People who do not work towards empowerment may end up getting stuck or stagnant in their recovery growth. It is helpful to have goals and write them down. Growth is… Read More

 Why Restructuring Time Can Support Better Self-Care Practices

The way a person thinks about themselves and their world makes a huge difference in recovery. Changing thinking is as easy as changing perspective, but this is also very hard to do. People in recovery may be dealing with dual diagnosis challenges along with physical difficulties. Maintaining a positive outlook takes some time. This means restructuring a person’s thinking and… Read More

 Why Do First Responders Wrestle with Shame Around Addiction?

Firefighters and first responders experience stress and trauma each day. The chances of developing an addiction or mental health issues increase the longer they work. Although it may not seem to bother them at first, over time, the trauma they witness can pile up until they are struggling to cope with what they see. With training, it helps them deal… Read More