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Donations help to launch an online coaching program that helps veterans return to civilian life and reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress
Suicide rates among military personnel and combat veterans have risen sharply in recent years, according to the New York Times. As of early June, there had been 154 suicides among active-duty troops in 2012. Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the Times that this rise in suicides can be attributed to a lack of qualified mental-health professionals and the stigma of receiving counseling, coupled with financial problems and unemployment among military families.
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,000, then Harvesting Happiness for Heroes (HH4Heroes) can activate an online program that coaches veterans in positive psychology. This includes production costs, startup and subscription fees, and restructuring of its current workshops. HH4Heroes aims to reach a larger number of veterans and their loved ones and to reduce operational costs by making programs more accessible.
The program uses positive-psychology coaching to help relieve symptoms of posttraumatic stress, facilitate the process of returning to civilian life, and boost the strength of relationships. Each additional $120 raised will be used to provide the six-week program to one veteran at no cost.
All donors who register will receive a complimentary e-book, Got Happiness Now?, by HH4Heroes managing director Lisa Cypers Kamen, who is a positive-psychology life coach and happiness expert. Those who donate $25 and register will also receive a HH4Heroes baseball cap; $120-level donors who register will receive the e-book, baseball cap, and a print copy of the book Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, also by Kamen.
Harvesting Happiness for Heroes supports veterans and their loved ones through workshops and family training as well as online community support and one-on-one coaching. To help address each veteran as a whole person—mind, body, and emotions—HH4Heroes provides a range of therapeutic services including meditation, positive-psychology tools, yoga, and healing arts such as massage and aromatherapy.
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