Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.
It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.
The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Class topics include:
- Basics about the brain and mental illness.
- Understanding trauma.
- Treatment systems and services including an overview of the D.O.D. military Health System, the VA, and civilian mental healthcare systems.
- Problem-solving and communication skills.
- Self-care and advocacy.
“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”
For information about the next Homefront course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.