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New VA partnership expands power of peer support among student Veterans
Today in Ann Arbor, Michigan, representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities have come together to learn ways to support student Veterans that face two significant changes simultaneously: transitioning from the military to civilian life and the transition from the military to academia. Neither of these is easy and both are often complicated by a reluctance to ask for help.
This was the rationale behind the development of Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), a peer-to-peer program developed at the University of Michigan Health System. PAVE links trained student Veterans at participating schools with incoming student Veterans to create a campus community where support and resources can be easily accessed. The group assembled in Ann Arbor will receive PAVE training that covers a variety of topics, including effective outreach, communications skills, warm hand offs to resources, healthy boundaries and self-care, and strategies for program sustainability. PAVE also shares best practices for engaging student Veterans and collaborating with relevant campus departments.
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The Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
The Center emphasizes action and measurable results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues.
The Center seeks to break new ground and not duplicate the effective efforts of others.
The Center addresses difficult problems in difficult situations and recognizes the possibility of failure as an acceptable risk.
The Center is nonpartisan, actively seeks complementary partnerships and works collaboratively with other organizations from the highest levels of government to local communities.
The Center believes that people can improve their own lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources. Read More
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Read More
Depression and Sleep Disorders
Troubled sleep, insomnia, and oversleeping are classic symptoms of clinical depression. While not all depressed people have sleep disorders, many do. When evaluating patients for depression, doctors typically ask about sleep patterns as part of the diagnosis.
Problematically, sleep problems worsen mood and can cause depression themselves, creating a vicious cycle.
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sleep Disorders
It’s normal to feel a little blue during the winter, when the days are short and the weather is cold. But some people experience something more extreme – a seasonal form of depression that interferes with their mood, weight, energy levels, and sleep. Recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in the late 1990s, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects 4 to 6 percent of people.
Learn more about the symptoms and causes of SAD, how it affects sleep during the winter and summer seasons, and what affected individuals can do to get a better night’s sleep.