Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones. Modalities include scientifically proven strengths based Positive Psychology coaching and interdisciplinary tools such as film, yoga, meditation, art and creative writing designed to mindfully empower the client to achieve increased self-mastery, self-esteem and reclaim her/his life. HH4Heroes focuses on the balance of mind, body and emotion resulting in greater overall wellbeing and the transformation of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). HH4Heroes offers retreat workshops, one-on-one coaching, Battle Buddy programs, as well as our new R.E.B.O.O.T Online virtual community coaching classrooms designed to reach underserved areas. In addition, HH4Heroes deploys Return to Duty™ civilian and corporate training to help welcome a warrior home and into the community and workplace.
“Warriors truly want to feel normal, they want to be like they were and what you would like them to be again, but that is impossible; they have changed forever. Help them to help themselves by understanding what they have been through, what horrors they have experienced and how they long to be loved and accepted for who they’ve now become.”
from The Warrior’s Guide to Insanity, Sgt. Andy Brandi, U.S.M.C.
Returning home after combat is an extremely difficult transition. The brutalities of war can leave physical wounds as well as mental and emotional ones. If avoided, these invisible wounds of war can show up in our lives as chronic physical pain, insomnia, depression, domestic violence, or substance abuse.
HH4Heroes offers a stigma-free opportunity to begin the healing process, which is crucial for Warriors and their families to reintegrate themselves after battle. By calming our mind, healing our body, and expressing our feelings, we begin to feel in control of our lives once again. A renewed sense of freedom and joy can result, instead of the trauma from war defining our lives and limiting our ability to be happy.
Harvesting Happiness & Harvesting Happiness for Heroes® provides positive psychology coaching tools to facilitate greater well-being. This communication is provided for education and inspiration. This communication does not constitute mental health treatment nor is it indicative of a private therapeutic relationship. Individuals desiring help for trauma, addiction and abuse related issues or other psychological concerns should seek out a mental health professional.
Harvesting Happiness for Heroes® services and/or products are not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and/or treatment. Participation in all HH4H programs is voluntary and does not replace, supersede or conflict with guidance and/or treatment from a medical professional. The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK, provides immediate life-saving help to veterans and their loved ones.
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