Over 2 million service members have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Of those, up to 37% are struggling with serious mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression and traumatic brain injury.
In a piece for The Huffington Post Blog, Give Back Yoga Foundation Executive Director Rob Schware asks if we are doing enough to meet the growing health crisis.
Read his post here.
In a featured article for Yoga Therapy Today’s Spring 2012 edition, Give Back Yoga Foundation Executive Director Rob Schware sends out a call for yoga therapists to join one of the fastest-growing areas of mental health care – working with veterans suffering from mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression and traumatic brain injury.
“Many returning service members experiencing symptoms of combat stress such as nightmares, chronic physical pain (and) problems in personal relationships say they feel somehow disconnected from themselves, from their loved ones, and from life as a whole. We see that look on the faces of veterans when they first hear about yoga class as part of a treatment program for PTSD, the one that says, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ But often another veteran will jump in: ‘I know what you’re thinking, and I felt the same way. It took me a while to even give it a chance, but, you know, it really helps me.’”
– Rob Schware
Read the full feature here.