Operation Strong Mind applies Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC) principles and techniques, which have been proven effective in military theaters of operation, to the civilian setting in a comprehensive, holistic approach.
This approach includes developing community partnerships to the benefit of the military community and providing proactive, preventative forward engagement with flexibility and mobility. We like to think of ourselves as the “Special Ops” of behavioral health.
Our Forward Engagement Teams venture out into the community to get to know people on a personal level, laying the foundation for a relationship based on trust. These brief encounters enable us to introduce our organization to members of the military community and help to identify and respond to their needs.
We provide introductory knowledge of how to translate effectively the resiliency, leadership, and self-sufficiency gained in military service to civilian life and open the door to our more in-depth educational programs such as The Military Experience. Walkabouts also provide the opportunity for interested civilians to gain knowledge of contemporary military culture.
mobilizing the community
We engage key individuals and organizations to be additional eyes and ears. We provide extensive, in-depth knowledge of contemporary military culture, the challenges faced by the military community, and strategies for how OSM partners can do their part to aid the military community in overcoming these challenges. These partnerships result in an informed network of individuals and organizations that can leverage their resources in a preventative manner to reduce the alienation and loneliness of members of the military community.
Military service, on top of everything else, is stressful. We get it, and we’re here for you. We provide formal therapy for current and former military members and their families in a culturally relevant, proactive, and strengths-based manner. We emphasize the positive change that members of the military community undergo as a result of military service. The goal is to generate self-awareness in order to maximize interpersonal functioning in both military and civilian environments. We focus on the human beings behind the uniforms, therapeutically guiding them on an inner journey related to their military experiences to create an understanding of the new normal. Together we craft a course of action to maximize functioning in their social and cultural context.
The military experience:
A journey toward self-discovery
The Military Experience is an engaging and interactive group experience conducted in veteran-friendly locations for members of the military community. The goal is for participants to gain an understanding of the impact of military service on the lives of those serving or who have served and their families. OSM staff gently facilitates this series of meetings to lead participants through the process of developing increased self-awareness of the change that has taken place within them so that they can use that change for their own benefit as well as that of the larger military-civilian community.
information & referral services
We provide guidance to members of the military community as they navigate the array of formal and informal resources available to them. This may take the form of general information, advice, apolitical advocacy, and referrals to reliable, effective services.
Members of the military community are familiar with retail outlets called a Post Exchange (PX) or a Base Exchange (BX) located on military bases. We offer a Free-X to promote interaction between members of the military and civilian communities in an informal setting. This is an organic opportunity for civilians and members of the military community to partner and offer for free donated items that are of interest to military members and their families.
We strive to provide timely, relevant, and useful information to members of the military and civilian communities through our website. We identify and vet veteran-friendly businesses, promote local events concerning the military community, and provide links to resources and behavioral health related material, to name a few.