With assistance from the Partnership For Mental Health, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone in Jacksonville, FL has added four new groups to help support women veterans and those members of the veteran community who identify as female.
Earlier this year, The Partnership For Mental Health, a project of Baptist Health and the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, awarded the Cohen Clinic $77,000 to help expand mental health support for women veterans. These new groups are offered in-person at the clinic’s community facility at 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway in Jacksonville are the first of many planned programs. “Coming together as a group that have experienced similar things as women in the military can be very powerful and very healing for many,” said Clinic Director Elizabeth Sherr.
“Battle Buddies” Women Veteran Peer Support Group
Starting October 27th, Battle Buddies is a psychotherapy group open to Post 9/11 women veterans that encourages them to establish meaningful relationships and connections with other women veterans who have similar interests or challenges. This group helps develop a sense of community known as the “buddy system”.
“My Life 2.0” Combat Women’s Veteran Group
Starting October 27th, My Life 2.0 is a psychotherapy group open to Post 9/11 women combat veterans that focuses on understanding trauma, the impacts of trauma on women veterans, the availability to gain insight and skills to better manage different experiences, and dealing with the effects of those traumas.
”Talk it OUT” Women Veterans LBGTQIA+ Group
Starting October 27th, Talk it OUT is a psychotherapy group available to post 9/11 women veterans who identify as female members of the LGBTQIA+ community and who have experienced challenges due to sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression during time of service, and after.
“Space to Breathe” Women Veterans Caregiver Support Group
Starting October 28th, Space to Breathe is a psychotherapy group available to post 9/11 women veterans who find themselves in various caregiver roles such as caring for loved ones who are sick, caring for children, or who work in supportive caregiving careers in Florida. This group provides opportunities to engage with other caregivers, normalizing shared experiences.
Participation in these groups is free. For more information or to register, please contact the Cohen Clinic by calling 904-431-3500, or by emailing cohenFL@centerstone.org.
Cohen Military Family Clinic