Mental Health

W.A.R. Institute

Mental Health

The brain is the organ of the mind connecting our thoughts, emotions, memories, and motivation with the physical body – influencing our past, our present, and our future.

Many military and first responders don’t always feel comfortable going to a counselor for the things they face as a result of their service to our country. I believe that the classes that we feature, from the University of Missouri Extension, bring a non-confrontational approach to the “tough topics” while not making us feel put down, accused, questioned, or throw us into a downward spiral as a result of having to talk about the past we have, many times, tried to avoid and stuff down deep inside. I hope that you can watch these videos and take out numerous aspects to apply to your present life as well as your service to our country.

Sheri Smith, Navy Veteran, MST Survivor, and President of W.A.R.

MU Extension Labor and Workforce Development Zoom Class discussing multiple topics to include mental health, grief, stress, survivor syndrome, coping mechanisms, loss without closure, taking care of yourself and others during a crisis, and more. Hosted by Amber Allen, MNCL, MAPS, Amy Bartels MEd

The VA offers numerous programs online and in person. Go here for an anonymous online screening that covers PTSD, substance abuse, depression, and alcohol. It is a short and basic questionnaire that will help bring light to what might be going on in your life and if you should consider seeking more information to begin the process of reaching the quality of life you desire.

This screening is available to anyone, including first responders and civilians.

This is just the beginning! We are super excited to add more seminars, zoom meetings, and information for you. If you have a link or class you would like us to add to this page, please email the information at