Monday, January 30, 2012

Guilford Thanks Give an Hour Volunteers for Their Work!-- 25% Off All Titles!





As a special thank you to Give an Hour volunteers for providing their time and services on behalf of current service members and veterans, Guilford Press would like to extend 25% off plus free shipping* to volunteers!

Guilford is a leading publisher of titles on PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and many other topics including addictions, family issues, and more. We recognize the increased need for professionals who understand the unique experiences of service members and veterans, and can address the issues facing the growing numbers of individuals seeking mental health services.

A variety of important books to support Give an Hour's mission and strengthen the level of care provided by volunteers can be found at http://www.guilford.com.


*Save 25% + free shipping (no minimum order required) on all titles available at www.guilford.com by entering promo code 6FF at checkout. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

GAH Inaugural Gala



Give an Hour will host an Inaugural Gala on May 23, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC.

We will honor Jean Case and the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. We will also bring together our friends in the military, government, corporate, and nonprofit worlds who have helped create the organization we are today.

For news about the gala and our Sponsorship Package, please click here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NEW Community Blueprint Network PSA



Check out the new Community Blueprint Network PSA and be sure to share!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Joining Forces Community Challenge Finalist



GAH has been selected as a finalist in the White House Joining Forces Community Challenge. Please show your support by voting once a day and sharing with others! Thank you for your continued support!!

http://joiningforces.challenge.gov/submissions/5020-free-mental-health-services-for-military

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine continues to develop new approaches to brain injury diagnosis and recovery




Call for study participants:

In the two years since its inception, the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) has become a catalyst for brain injury research and transformed the research interactions among federal agencies within the National Capital Area.

The CNRM is a collaborative Federal medical research program of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CNRM research programs address the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with special focus on militarily relevant forms of TBI, including the concurrent development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with TBI.

Congress established CNRM in 2008 to bring together the expertise of physicians and scientists at these institutions and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to develop innovative approaches to brain injury diagnosis and recovery. 

The CNRM has 23 active clinical research studies with 17 recruiting TBI patients. These studies will help develop more effective assessments of TBI and PTSD, improve brain imaging, and test new treatment strategies.

Most CNRM studies involve advanced brain scanning. One recently approved imaging study involves only a single, one-day visit to the NIH, and it is open to military and civilian participants who have sustained a TBI within the last five years. The CNRM’s newly-acquired Biograph mMR is one of the first integrated whole-body simultaneous positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices.  Dr. Regina Armstrong, director of CNRM, notes:  "A major challenge in the diagnosis and treatment of both military and civilian brain injury patients is the lack of sufficient tools to evaluate the type and extent of injury in a given patient. The DoD, through USU and CNRM, has supported development of this new tool of simultaneous PET/MRI at the NIH Clinical Center. We expect the NIH investigators have the expertise to take maximal advantage of this technology by designing novel neuroimaging protocols and molecular probes that can significantly improve how TBI research is performed."

Experimental treatment studies include cognitive rehabilitation using a computer interface, balance therapy using an oral device, aerobic exercise therapy, bright light therapy, and transcranial direct current stimulation.

A new study is enrolling healthy service members who have returned from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan within the last 6 weeks. The goal of the research is to identify objective predictors of PTSD and post-concussive syndrome (PCS), so service members who are at higher risk of developing these conditions can be treated earlier, perhaps even before showing symptoms.

Studies currently take place at multiple military and civilian sites, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Fort Campbell, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Suburban Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center. CNRM is actively seeking collaborative arrangements with military treatment facilities, units, deployment programs and other military organizations around the country to support enrollment of service members and veterans. 

In the spring of 2011, the CNRM launched a website, (http://BrainInjuryResearch.usuhs.mil), several social media portals, and a toll-free telephone number to reach out directly to the TBI community (both military and civilian) and the general public. The website provides information in layman's terms about the CNRM, TBI and PTSD, currently-enrolling studies, and links to relevant resources. 

For more information, visit the website http://BrainInjuryResearch.usuhs.mil, send an email to CNRMstudies@usuhs.mil, or call 855-TBI-CNRM (855-824-2676).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Upcoming NAMI Montgomery County Veterans Support Group Meeting




ANNOUNCING: Upcoming NAMI Montgomery County Veterans Support Group Meeting. This peer-based group will offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with issues of PTSD, isolation and stigma. The group will meet for 90 minutes once a month for three months and will be led by a trained Veteran who is in
recovery.

It will take place Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd. Bethesda, MD. 

Pls. contact Rose Halper at (301) 949-5852 x105; rhalper@namimc.org to register.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Anticipating 2012, Engaging Communities


 Anticipating 2012, Engaging Communities 
by Barbara Van Dahlen 
As families make plans to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah and our nation anticipates ringing in the New Year, many individuals are working tirelessly to prepare for the return of our troops from Iraq. While the end of this conflict is cause for celebration, there is a sense of urgency and unease among some at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, among some in state and local governments, and among some in the nonprofit and the veteran service organization community. While we are all eager to welcome our troops home, we want to ensure that we are able to provide the services and support they may need after the sacrifices they have made during their service to our country.