PTSD resources for churches

American Public Media - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon  website
In this essay, Chaplain Morris suggests that communities of worship should be on the
frontline of helping combat veterans and their families readjust to life in the U.S. Here, he
offers seven steps to help in this process.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Christian Reformed Church)  website
Article describes PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and offers these resources:
  • Worship Resources 
  • Congregational Resources 
  • Psalms and Prayers for those with PTSD 
  • Suggestions for Pastors 
  • Denominational Resources 
  • Learn More about PTSD
Read a letter to Christian Reformed pastors and elders addressing the concern of TBI and
PTSD. link

Care for the Troops
Care for the Troops is for military members, civilian contractors, their immediate and extended family members; whether there is a family member deployed, between deployments, recently returned, or separated.. It is also for mental health professionals, congregations of all sizes and community leaders, and others who are in positions to provide help, compassion, or advice to those who are recovering from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This site will help those who are both near and far from the existing DOD and VA facilities; who may be having difficulty getting the help needed in a timely manner. We are working to help better educate and train an additional civilian cadre of mental health professionals and community and congregation leaders on how better to understand the issues of those affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. The goal is to be able to provide the needed resources that can address the mental health issues when they arise and cause any further delay in receiving treatment.

Congregation leaders (of small, medium, and large congregations) would include leaders of all faiths. Community Leader examples are school counselors, family practice doctors, members of social service organizations, police chiefs, fire chiefs, or other employers. It is without limits as it includes all civilians who come in contact with our brave veterans and their family members.

Christianity Today: Veteran Ministry (Article)  website
How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat?

Iraq War Veterans Organization  website
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Support Groups, Other PTSD Links and Publications.

Jocelyn Green - "The Silent War At Home" website
A fabulous article printed in Today's Christian about how the church can help Soldiers
returning from combat.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Veteran's Ministry Coming Home
Collaborative  website
The Coming Home Collaborative is an open and growing volunteer association of people who
are concerned with the psychological and spiritual healing of veterans, especially those
currently reintegrating with their families and communities.

How can your church can reach out to newly returning veterans and their families?  Here are some resources available:
  • Reaching out 
  • Essential resources 
  • Welcome home guide 
  • Other veteran's outreach initiatives in our synod 
  • Suggestions for returning soldiers 
  • Tips for Families in Transition 
  • Gather with other recent vets and their families 
  • Veteran Ministry articles in InterActs 
  • Suicide Warning Signs (this link goes to CBS News' site) 

Military Ministry  website
Military Ministry and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) are in the process of producing a 30-hour video series and certification program that will help prepare professional, pastoral and lay counselors for serving military members and families. Together, Military Ministry and the AACC will join forces to deploy tens of thousands of Christians from thousands of churches in the fight to build bridges between PTSD suffering and God’s love and healing power.

National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  website
The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders.

Project Josiah Restoration Ministry
Combat veterans helping combat veterans. The mission of Project Josiah Restoration Ministry is to bring combat veterans together to strengthen, to share and to improve their lives; to empower them to make choices using biblical principles; to heal themselves and to enable them to help other veterans.

Southern Baptist Church - North American Mission Board:
Biblical Response to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  website
This is a six-session video training conference, presented above as recorded at Southern Seminary during the Chaplain Training Conference in March 2009, and and accompanying manual. The manual, available for download along with two brochures (see items 2-4 below), can also be used independently of the video training.  The training was developed by by Chaplain John Steven Evans and Chaplain Richard E. Sale.
PTSD resources for churches
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