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Study Shows Community Service Improves Mental Health in Veterans with PSTD

By March 12, 2018 No Comments

An increasing number of people have recognized the power of community service as a way to cope with mental health issues, particularly PTSD. A study published by Washington University in St. Louis looked into the effectiveness of active philanthropy in improving social productivity, as well as the overall mental and physical health of veterans. Dr. Monica Matthieu and her team analyzed the effects of a U.S.-based volunteer program on post-9/11 veterans, and the results were astounding:

86% reported the program as a positive life-changing experience;

71% have furthered their education since returning;

86% have been able to transfer their military skills to civilian employment; and

91% have build networking opportunities for a future career path.

The positive correlation between volunteering and effective PTSD management in U.S. veterans highlights the importance of offering the same opportunity for Canadians. Camp Aftermath is dedicated to re-creating those positive results for Canadian armed forces members, veterans, police officers, fire servicemen, and paramedics suffering from PTSD. Our organization promotes active philanthropy as a way to empower veterans, and as a part of a holistic approach to long-term PTSD management.

The first rotation of participants, Roto 0, begins with five people; five lives to be changed for the better during a two-week-long volunteering and mental health retreat in Costa Rica. Camp Aftermath has worked diligently to finalize the trip itinerary and participants. We now call upon our supporters to help us raise the remaining funds. With your donation you will be providing these individuals with an opportunity to have a positive life-changing experience; to re-discover their life-purpose; and to reinvent themselves after PTSD.

Aftermath volunteers on their first day of volunteering during the Orientation trip 2018.

We are so grateful everyone who has helped move us closer to our goal of raising $10,000 for Roto 0. We are honoured to have you a part of the Camp Aftermath family.

If you are interested in showing your support, please visit our GoFundMe page to donate, or share this post on social media.

 

References: “The Mission Continues: Engaging Post-9/11 Disabled Military Veterans in Civic Service”, a study performed by Monica M. Matthieu and her team at Washington University St. Louis.  https://csd.wustl.edu/Publications/Documents/RB11-25.pdf