Council for Relationships has announced a partnership with Headstrong to provide therapy to local veterans at no cost. Headstrong is a mental health care treatment program that is cost-free, rapid response, stigma-free, confidential, and a model which takes out the costly “brick and mortar” facilities, allowing funding to go directly to treatment. The Headstrong model eliminates care wait times and veterans who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours.
At the launch event, Council for Relationships CEO Deb D'Arcangelo shared a brief history of CFR's work with veterans and the military. Following World War II, the Navy became concerned with the problems sailors experienced when they returned home from the war and the Veterans Administration established neuropsychiatric residencies with Council for Relationships, which provided an integral part of their training. Today, Operation Home and Healing provides direct services – including individual, couple, and family therapy sessions – that address issues that can arise post-deployment and heal wounds that affect the service member, their spouse or significant other, and their children.
Former Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy spoke about the importance of cost-free mental health services to veterans and their families. Murphy said "Veterans are taught to leave no one behind, yet 20 veterans due by suicide every day." Breaking the stigma is so important because veterans are trained to believe they're invincible and do not require help. Murphy emphasized that there are enough barriers to getting help; Headstrong has streamlined the process to make it as easy as possible for veterans to receive high-quality care from CFR therapists.
Headstrong Executive Director and Army veteran Joe Quinn talked about the power of stories to end mental health stigma, and his excitement about bringing Headstrong to the great veterans of Philadelphia. Clinical Director and Co-Founder Gerard Ilaria went on to clarify that the average time from initial contact to an appointment with a therapist is one week, and services will continue to be cost-free for as long as the veteran requires care.
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