Principles

"Finding evidence-based based diagnostics is critical to the development of effective drugs, devices and treatments to help those suffering from TBI and PTS."

Peter Chiarelli, Retired U.S. Army General and CEO, One Mind

First and foremost, we can best support the mental health and well-being of Veterans by building on existing brain research on civilian and Veterans’ mental health conditions, such as TBI and PTS,  and supporting the pipeline of new research. In addition, we must ensure that brain health researchers aren’t operating in silos and are instead able to collaborate and connect the dots between one brain or neurodegenerative health condition and another.
By openly sharing and building upon scientific understanding, we can develop an evidence-based standard of best practices that:

1 in 5 Americans

  • Ensures access to high quality, affordable, evidence-based care: Whether a veteran is living with depression, a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress or a substance use disorder, we need to make sure he or she has timely, affordable access to needed and evidence-based mental and physical healthcare. This issue is not limited to the Department of Veterans Affairs to address. In fact, a majority of returning veterans from our most recent conflicts are reservists or Guard members who often rely on private health insurance plans from an employer to meet their needs.
  • Reduces stigma: We must correct the erroneous assumption that veterans, because of what they experience during conflict, are volatile and pose an ‘unnecessary risk’ and ensure veterans feel welcome and supported in their communities.  Increased understanding, along with inspiring, international and high profile events such as the Invictus Games, present tremendous opportunities to help reduce stigma. These efforts go hand in hand with efforts to reduce stigma for all mental health conditions and substance use disorders for all of society, as well.
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