Dr. Beeder, who has over 20 years of psychiatry experience, jumped at the opportunity to treat the traumas of the men and women returning from war. As the Medical Director for the Headstrong Project, Dr. Beeder has worked with 85 therapists across the US to provide cost-free and confidential mental health care to 450 veterans.
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How was the Headstrong Project started?
Zachary Iscol called me in 2012 and asked if we would talk about starting a treatment program to provide bureaucracy-free, confidential, and cost-free care to post-9/11 combat veterans because the suicide incidence among veterans was extremely high (22 veterans per day in the US.)
Why did you want to get involved in this mission to help veterans?
Zach gave me no choice but to engage in this ambitious project. I met Zach when he was a 13 and I always admired his originality. Once 9/11 happened, he joined the United States Marine Corps and became a Captain responsible for many other Marines. Zach reached out to me while he was deployed asking about how he might handle situations soldiers under his command who faced marital troubles, depression, etc. A few years after he retired from the Marines, he met me for breakfast and explained that the number of soldiers lost from his unit to suicide was almost equal to the number of soldiers who died in enemy action. He insisted I help him start a program to help prevent suicide in veterans and I felt compelled to act.
What are the organizations goals?
The Headstrong Project plansto provide world-class mental health care to veterans from allgenerations across the US at no expense to the veteran. Zach Iscol oftensays, “If you have the courage to get help you will feel better.”