VFR Healthcare and Operation Art District Healthcare Partner to Enhance Service Offerings to Veterans

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- VFR Healthcare (Veteran & First Responder Healthcare) and the non-profit Operation Art District Healthcare (OAD Healthcare) today announced a new partnership to enhance Veterans' access to Creative Arts Therapies.

OAD Healthcare offers a unique approach to helping active-duty military members and Veterans suffering from mental health issues through a holistic approach to the healing process. This unique approach, called Creative Arts Therapy, is offered in both group and individual sessions which includes techniques that can be used for self-expression and personal growth when the patient is unable to participate in traditional "talk therapy," or when that approach has become ineffective. The goal is to provide a medium for expression that bypasses words, thus helping the individual connect with emotions injected into the core of various personal experiences.

VFR is a national veteran-owned and veteran-operated organization treating Veterans, first responders, and their families and caretakers, who are dealing with substance use and mental health issues. Since June of 2018, VFR and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) have partnered together to enhance Veterans' access to mental health and substance abuse services to reduce suicide.

Mercedes Dericho, founder of OAD Healthcare, stated "I strongly believe that there is a relationship between creative expression and healing. OAD Healthcare is helping military Veterans discover the healing powers of the arts and we are proud to partner with VFR Healthcare."

Eric Golnick, CEO of VFR (Veteran & First Responder) Healthcare, added "we are extremely excited to be working with Mercedes and the OAD Healthcare team. We believe OAD Healthcare will further enhance our service offerings and assist in improving the overall mental health of the Veterans we serve."

About VFR Healthcare

VFR (Veteran & First Responder) Healthcare, the sister company of Strive Health, is a veteran-owned and operated organization that is committed to increasing the access to, and quality of, outpatient addiction and mental health treatment for Veterans, First Responders, and their families. VFR has developed clinical programming designed specifically for veterans, first responders, and their families and incorporates these principles to all programs and services provided. All Strive centers proudly serve VFR Healthcare and offer a wide range of confidential, trauma-informed outpatient treatment programs and services for adults and adolescents suffering from Substance Use Disorder and/or co-occurring mental health conditions, including intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs, and early intervention services.

About Operation Art District

Operation Art District Healthcare's (OAD) mission is to improve the overall mental health of military Veterans by increasing the cognitive and social functions of military Veterans suffering from and/or diagnosed with a mental illness such as PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar disorder and/or sexual trauma, by providing a combination of tradition mental health treatment and creative arts therapy in the areas of photography, painting, creative writing/poetry, sculpting, yoga and much more. OAD's mission is to improve and restore a sense of personal well-being. With art therapy being the center of our treatment, OAD's creative arts therapy programs fosters self-awareness, social skills and increases the ability for patients to manage their symptoms. Artistic self-expression aids in self-discovery which many Veterans suffering from invisible disabilities such as PTSD, Depression and Anxiety have lost a sense of personal wellbeing.


SOURCE VFR Healthcare