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Mind Force Retreat: Improving the Subjective Well-being of Military Veterans Through Alternative Mental Health Therapies

Barrett, GA and Currin, H (2023) Mind Force Retreat: Improving the Subjective Well-being of Military Veterans Through Alternative Mental Health Therapies. Illness, Crisis & Loss. ISSN 1552-6968

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This study focuses on the subjective well-being (SWB) of a sample of military veterans before and after their engagement with a nonclinical, alternative mental health therapies residential retreat in the United Kingdom. The study findings have relevance for trauma-exposed individuals globally. Military veterans will actively avoid seeking traditional mental health treatments due to factors such as stigma and life-long labels, as well as a reluctance to engage in talk therapies. This is despite the widespread occurrence of diagnosed and undiagnosed chronic mental health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder following periods of service. Moving beyond trauma-informed practice and embracing a healing-centered approach involving holistic therapies delivered during a retreat-type format has a positive impact on the SWB of service users. Positive changes in SWB were recorded using the Warwick–Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale and the lived experiences of the participants. A shared military identity contributes immeasurably to a veteran-centered approach to holistic therapy, healing, and recovery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Health (social science)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 10:56
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 11:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/10541373231187729
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20537
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