This month, join us in exploring all the ways we can support veterans and mental health awareness. Here’s our list of what to read, watch, do, give and buy to lend a helping hand. Have other ideas? We want to know—hook us up with a comment, please!
READ: Looking to curl up with a page-turner? Try these: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch, War by Sebastian Junger and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War by Kevin Sites.
WATCH: Feeling a movie marathon? Tune into any (or all) of these choices. The Invisible War, Sicko, Restrepo, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Stray Dog, Lioness, Hell and Back Again, The Good Soldier, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and Most Honorable Son.
DO: Sport that green outfit you usually only rock on St. Patrick’s Day to show your support for Mental Health Awareness Month, join monthly service projects with The Mission Continues or Yellow Ribbon Fund, or download Headspace to practice meditation. You can find regional and virtual ways to volunteer, too!
GIVE: Check out some of the incredible causes we’ve worked with that support veterans and mental health: Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, David Lynch Foundation, Warrior Canine Connection, Yellow Ribbon Fund, The Wounded Warrior Project, Team Rubicon, Hidden Heroes, Dog Tag Inc. What are your favorite organizations related to veterans and/or mental health?
BUY: Spend while giving back by getting Pura Vida mental health awareness bracelets or empathy cards by Emily McDowell. We might be a little biased, but you can also enter to win two awesome experiences while giving back to veterans: Win a Walk-On Role in Shooter with Ryan Phillippe & Omar Epps to support Hidden Heroes & The Mission Continues or Grab a Bite with Bear Grylls and Survive the Wild to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Did we miss your favorite thing to read, watch, do, give and buy to support veterans and mental health? Share it with us in the comments.