Why focus on Veterans?
Military families who have been the bedrock
of our volunteer services should not be forgotten. They are heroes
and their “invisible wounds” should be treated effectively and with
compassion. They’ve served our countries and protected our rights and
safety, and now we must do the same for them.
The wounds also aren’t limited to the service members themselves. Having a parent who is living with a mental health condition or substance use disorder results in increased risk for adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, which can negatively impact the cognitive and emotional development of the child. In addition, a significant percentage of the general population will also experiences a brain condition such as PTS or TBI in their lifetimes.
It’s an area of hard problems where global leaders can make a real difference through driving the international cross-sectoral collaboration and open science that’s needed to develop evidence-based solutions.
What will Founding Members of the One Mind Initiative Heroes be asked to do?
In the short term, we ask CEOs to convene as a group to review our priority areas for initial gains that we believe will pave the way forward. Examples would be coordinating international studies on TBI and PTS, as well as evidence based studies on resilience, and attacking stigma with a high profile initiative. We then ask our CEOs and their teams to commit to driving these goals.
I’m interested in supporting the One Mind Initiative Heroes. What should I do?
To learn more or to sign on to the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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