One of the great things about writing this blog is that people who do research and offer outstanding services for the Canadian military community reach out and ask me to spread the word.
Today, I have the pleasure of sharing information about a new service called Couple HOPES. It is a free intervention for military members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones. Couples HOPES is an online, guided, self-help intervention for couples to improve PTSD symptoms and enhance relationship functioning at the same time.
The IMPACT Lab at Ryerson University and the TULiP Lab at York University developed Couples HOPES. Experts in PTSD and relationship therapies, both labs, are committed to developing clinically relevant, original research to decrease individual PTSD symptoms and improve relationships. They created this program to provide high-quality care that also overcomes the stigma associated with seeking mental health services and the logistical, economic, geographic, and social barriers to help.
Their current study testing involves freely providing online intervention to military members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and their romantic partners, if they are eligible. They believe that Couple HOPES can help promote resistance, resilience, and recovery for all military members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers who are likely to encounter a serious traumatic event or critical incident.
If you, dear readers are interested in participating, check out Couple HOPES. If you know someone who might be interested, please share this information with them.