“Begins with a Bang and Positive Strengths Based Approach”
Joshua’s Friends is proud to launch our newest Bridge Builder initiative, “Warrior for Life” Movement, to address the out of control suicide rate in our community especially among our soldiers! Currently 22 soldiers a day commit suicide and that number far exceeds all soldier deaths in recent combat zones! This is unacceptable and as a Veteran and founder of Joshua’s Friends, I firmly believe that another program is not the answer to this problem; which has reached epidemic proportions.
That’s exactly why I called a special meeting to discuss, with other Veterans, a human response based on best practices as well as evidence based approaches that are strength based and empower soldiers, who are in the fire, with the greatest possible protective factors available! Let me say with great clarity this is not a program its a Movement where we intend to embrace active duty soldiers, veterans, reservist and all other military members with a movement that creates and perpetuates natural supports capable of building life long protective factors around our military personnel.
Our “Warrior for Life” Movement will work to build positive relationships between active duty members and retirees, prior service and veterans to develop soldier to soldier relationships in an environment where everyone can share their story without fear of repercussions or being branded. This will be a confidential group and soldiers will be encouraged to build a one on one rapport with other retirees in the group they feel safe talking to outside the group dynamic; this is the essence of the Movement and what is going to cause it to effectively stop the soldier suicide rate in it’s tracks! There will also be clinical pastoral counseling supervision as needed and C.B.T. for those who may be experiencing depression, P.T.S.D. or Trauma related issues. However, our group’s primary function will be to create soldier to soldier relationships that will foster trust and someone an active duty member can call anytime, anyplace, anywhere and talk to someone who has been there and understands the army culture. This models design will provide the highest level of protective factor’s possible and has other elements, but the human element is the strongest variable in the equation.
The Influencer’s tackled toxic people in our last meeting and we had 12 people in attendance as we worked together to create meaningful solutions to responses to toxic people in our lives. The group was really cooperative and asked many thought provoking questions as well as used and applied the techniques in the book, “Toxic People, Ten Ways of Dealing With People Who Make Your Life Miserable