Non-profit offering free courses to help military members manage stress

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:08:05-04

This is a stressful time for a lot of us, so one non-profit wants to make sure military families have the tools they need to cope.

Hope for the Warriors, founded in North Carolina, is offering what they call Resilient Warrior and Resilient Family programs.

They're six-week, on-line courses that take place in a live session once a week for about an a hour and a half.

Facilitators teach various techniques to help participants learn how to manage their stress.

The classes are normally offered year-round, but they’ve added extra classes to help people with the added stress from the pandemic.

Organizers say they can see what a difference the program can make.

"[Some participants] come in to the course not so sure about it because it does involve meditation and things like that that aren’t really mainstream for a lot of our veteran population," said Brianne Sampson, Dir. of Clinical Support Services at Hope for the Warriors, "but it’s really interesting at the end for them when they come up and talk to us and tell us how simple the techniques are and how much of an impact it’s made."

Sampson said along with the techniques they learn, one of the most important things participants gain is the friendships and connections they make while taking the course.

Anyone who has served since 9/11 can sign-up as well as their spouses and/or caregivers.

The next set of classes start the week of April 13th and it is entirely free.

You can sign-up by applying for services on their website.