The American Red Cross offers multiple skill-building opportunities to help service members and veterans—as well as their families and support systems—identify and cope effectively with the unique challenges that arise after a deployment:
• The Reconnection Workshops are confidential small-group modules, led by licensed mental health professionals. The workshops focus on building skills that enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members, as well as the successful reengagement of the service member in civilian life, by increasing interactions and developing additional sources of support.
• The workshops are free and available to all those impacted by a military deployment from all branches of the Armed Forces, which includes Reserve, National Guard, active duty service members, veterans and their families, including spouses, parents, siblings, significant others and close friends.
• Workshops and materials focus on learning useful tools, effective coping mechanisms and where to find resources. Available workshops are:
- Communicating clearly
- Exploring stress and trauma
- Identifying depression
- Relating to children
- Working through anger