A new way to help veterans recover

21 December 2022

After the success of the Three-Day Wellness Programs, Mates4Mates expanded on its wellness offerings to veterans impacted by service by introducing the Four-Day Wellness Program in 2022.

After the success of the Three-Day Wellness Programs, Mates4Mates expanded on its wellness offerings to veterans impacted by service by introducing the Four-Day Wellness Program in 2022.

The Four-Day Wellness Programs was designed to help veterans find new ways to better manage post-service challenges that they may be facing in their recovery, in a non-judgemental and inclusive environment. 

What the program involves

Run across 12 locations this year, from Fraser Island and the Blue Mountains to Cradle Mountain and Kakadu National Park, the Four-day Wellness Program allows veterans to take the time over the four days to invest in themselves and their recovery alongside other veterans.

Each program allows veterans to participate in interactive group workshops that can help them to develop healthy coping mechanisms that will support them in managing their mental and physical health now and into the future. 

The workshops cover the following topics:

  • PTSD and other mental health disorders

  • Relationships and communication skills

  • The challenges of transitioning from the Defence Force

  • Improving pain management

  • Physical activities

  • Effective mindfulness and relaxation skills

 

Support from the whole team 

The program is run by a friendly team of Mates4Mates psychologists, counsellors, social workers and exercise physiologists, dedicated to helping veterans get the most out of the four days.

Through self-reflection, exploration, and education, the Mates4Mates clinical team members who facilitate the program have seen veterans breakthrough limiting barriers and engage in more fulfilling activities and relationships. 

In fact, many participants have expressed their gratitude for the program which has propelled their life forward. For some, it has been described as a life changing experience in the most positive way.

How to get involved 

The Four-Day Wellness Program is open to all veterans who are registered with Mates4Mates. To find out more information, contact programs@mates4mates.org or call the team on 1300 4 MATES.

There will be a range of programs run in 2023, so be sure to keep an eye out on our website for these opportunities as places are limited.

Tags:
  • Mental health
  • Skills for recovery
  • Veterans

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