SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PsychArmor, a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has received a $1 million grant from the Rebecca Moores Foundation, a private family charitable organization. PsychArmor delivers training to civilian companies, and mental health, wellness, social and other providers on how to work more effectively with veterans, military service members and their families. PsychArmor will use the grant to augment existing programs and launch new support services for civilian providers including a hotline, trainings and online community.
“This is an incredible milestone for PsychArmor and good news for civilian mental health and other providers that will benefit from the new services this generous grant will fund,” says Marjorie Morrison, founder, CEO and a nationally recognized military mental health expert. “Ongoing support for behavioral health and other service providers is missing in the current equation and these professionals have no resource to go to if they are unsure about a veteran or military patient. These new services will close that gap.”
The grant will underwrite the Moores Center for Military Service Providers, a new program that includes a free hotline staffed by expert military psychologists that will answer questions, assist with referrals, discuss treatment options and offer general support to behavioral health and other service providers. The initiative will also include a confidential online community and moderated chat room where practitioners can exchange ideas, post case situations and gain feedback from peers. Additionally, the grant will subsidize monthly webinars, continuing education on specific topics and evidence-based therapies, and allow a more robust outreach for PsychArmor’s existing Military Mental Health Provider Certificate and other trainings.
According to the House Armed Services Committee, 85 percent of mental health services provided to active duty service members are delivered by a civilian, and an even higher percentage among veterans. Untrained providers often miss the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), causing undue distress on service member patients.
“Civilian mental health workers are challenged to provide treatment to the military-impacted population while having very little knowledge or understanding of the military culture or environment,” adds Morrison. “Often vets and service members abandon counseling because they feel the provider doesn’t have a clue about their needs. Our goal with this new expansion is to change the paradigm around how civilian mental health and other service providers treat soldiers and vets.”
In a recent study, The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Study, 45.8 percent of post 9/11 veterans screened positive for PTSD while 45.7 percent screened positive for depression. Shockingly, approximately 22 to 50 veterans commit suicide a day, according to a 2013 VA report.
Morrison is a recognized expert in the military mental health community and the author of the Inside Battle: Our Military Mental Health Crisis. For more than 20 years, she has supported service members and veterans through her private practice and work on military installations. In 2013, she founded PsychArmor in response to a growing need to educate employers, mental health, wellness, social and other service providers about how to work more effectively with veterans and service members.
PsychArmor is a mission-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating civilians on how to work effectively with the military and veteran populations. The organization strives to bridge the gap in understanding through face-to-face trainings, a 24-7 virtual learning center, webinars, a hotline for mental health and other service providers and an online community. They offer an array of courses to civilian providers, human resource personnel, and organizations. For more information about PsychArmor go to www.psycharmor.org.