The Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have joined with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create the Veterans Self-Check Quiz. This is a safe, easy way to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you. Using this service is completely voluntary and confidential. You must be at least 18 years old to complete the Self-Check Quiz.

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Why is wellness important and what does it exactly mean? Within the VETS2CLOUD apprenticeship program we not only want to address the career path of our Veterans but also them as individuals. You have to meet the personal needs first, whether it is Complex PTSD, PTSD, TBI, Homelessness, Suicide or any other classification, we want to be a voice of HOPE. Helping individuals to be better persons for themselves first and then to others. We want to encourage the Veteran Spirit of Service and teach them to become community leaders. Veterans are driven by purpose and a mission but they are not robots. We will help them discover their core values, emotions and behaviors. There are many issues facing the Veteran and we can work together to help those who served us. Below are some services we extend to our Veterans and use as resources in their growth process to become the best person for a better world, one Veteran at a time.

The 12 Pillars of Well-Being

This guided, step-by-step program is taught by Rick Hanson, Ph. D. and uses science-based methods to hardwire lasting happiness into your brain and your life. In just an hour a week, you will be turning everyday experiences into a deep sense of contentment, love, and peace by using the power of positive neuroplasticity.

Rick is a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and invited speaker at Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford universities. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture, a neuropsychologist, meditation teacher, and very down-to-earth, practical, and warm-hearted guy.

Step-by-step, Rick will help you grow the 12 Pillars of Well-Being—the foundation of steady resilience, confidence, and compassion for yourself and others.

ACT Made Simple

A Comprehensive Foundational Course in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dr. Russ Harris

This action-packed and interactive 8-week course allows you total flexibility to learn whenever it suits you. 3 hours of content will be released week by week over 8 weeks with additional access for 28 days so you can watch videos again, catch up after a vacation or download a whole range of powerful resources that simply aren’t available anywhere else.

Russ will take you step-by-step through the entire ACT model in a way that is both engaging and entertaining. Prepare to experience his unique and engaging teaching style direct-to-camera, supported by delightful animations of key ACT metaphors along the way.

You’ll watch annotated videos of real therapy sessions, engage with audio exercises and reading materials, participate in online forums with other participants, answer multi-choice quizzes that test your learning as you go plus a whole lot more.


Understanding the Three Aspects of Mindfulness

Shamash Alidina author of Mindfulness for Dummies provides these three different aspects that operate together seamlessly to bring about a state of mindful awareness. Remind yourself of what these are.

Intention – Your intention is what you hope to get from practicing mindfulness. You may want stress reduction, greater emotional balance or to discover your true nature. The strength of your intention helps to motivate you to practice mindfulness on a daily basis, and shapes the quality of your mindful awareness.

Attention – Mindfulness is about paying attention to your inner or outer experience. Your mindful attention is mainly developed through different types of meditation – either formal, traditional, or informal – when talking, cleaning or driving, for example.

Attitude – Mindfulness involves paying attention to certain attitudes, such as curiosity, acceptance and kindness.

The Five Components of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Self-awareness. The ability to recognize and understand personal moods and emotions and drives, as well as their effect on others. Hallmarks of self-awareness include self-confidence, realistic self-assessment, and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Self-awareness depends on one's ability to monitor one's own emotion state and to correctly identify and name one's emotions.

Self-regulation, The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods, and the propensity to suspend judgment and to think before acting. Hallmarks include trustworthiness and integrity; comfort with ambiguity; and openness to change.

Internal motivation. A passion to work for internal reasons that go beyond money and status --which are external rewards-- such as an inner vision of what is important in life, a joy in doing something, curiosity in learning, a flow that comes with being immersed in an activity. A propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence. Hallmarks include a strong drive to achieve, optimism even in the face of failure, and organizational commitment.

Empathy. The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people. A skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions. Hallmarks include expertise in building and retaining talent, cross-cultural sensitivity, and service to clients and customers. (In an educational context, empathy is often thought to include, or lead to, sympathy, which implies concern, or care or a wish to soften negative emotions or experiences in others.) See also Mirror Neurons.
It is important to note that empathy does not necessarily imply compassion. Empathy can be 'used' for compassionate or cruel behavior. Serial killers who marry and kill many partners in a row tend to have great emphatic skills!

Social skills. Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks, and an ability to find common ground and build rapport. Hallmarks of social skills include effectiveness in leading change, persuasiveness, and expertise building and leading teams.

Books of Interest

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

The Four Agreements

by don Miguel Ruiz

Search Inside Yourself

by Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Law of Divine Compensation

by Marianne Wiliamson

It’s Not About You

by Bob Burg and John David Mann

A Simple Act of Gratitude

by John Kralik

Strength Finders

by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie

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