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Because of COVID-19, the entire Tai Chi for Veterans Program has switched gears and transitioned to the Zoom platform.

The entire Tai Chi for Veterans program was recently folded into Telehealth, has been added to the CPRS, and any Veteran should now be able to obtain a “community consult for Tai Chi” and participate in any classes nationwide simply by speaking with their medical provider or by logging onto myhealthEvet.com.

Plus, as of 8/5/20, one of the weekly classes transitions over to a “blended-learning” format: for those students who wish to continue enjoying classes in the company of their fellow Veterans while still maintaining safe and healthy social distance, we’ll be able to accommodate them AS WELL AS students who wish to continue Zooming in.

Please take a moment to check out the attached flyers…feel free to pass them along if you like! And in case you’re still wondering EXACTLY how this whole program works, there is a complete Program Description…you can feel especially free to share this with any medical provider if he/she has any confusion whatsoever re how to generate a “consult.”

You should always feel free to reach out to me personally (all my contact info is in the flyers). I’d be happy to speak with any of you anytime!

Health & peace,





NAMI Delaware is pleased to announce we will be hosting the following virtual Support Groups during August. Registration can be located on the links below or by visiting our website > .

Once registered, an email is sent from Eventbrite with the secure Zoom information for the meeting included in this email.

If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Jenn Ford via email.

NAMI Delaware Virtual Family Support Groups for family members and caregivers who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.

Family Support Group

Monday, August 10th at 7pm: REGISTER NOW >

Thursday, August 13th at 7pm: REGISTER NOW >

Monday, August 24th at 7pm: REGISTER NOW >

NAMI Family and Friends is a free 90-minute program open to family members, friends, neighbors, advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about mental health conditions and how to support those impacted by the

Tuesday, August 18th at 12pm: REGISTER NOW >

NAMI Connections Virtual Peer Recovery Support Groups will be held on:

Thursday, August 6th at 6:30pm: REGISTER NOW>

Thursday, August 20th at 6:30pm: REGISTER NOW>

Jenn Ford
Multicultural Engagement Manager
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware)
Office Voicemail: 302-427-0787 x116

Courageous Hearts is meeting with clients in OPEN AIR in the pastures and arenas to provide connections with Veterans and service members and horses!

If you are seeking peace, resolution, relaxations, a “break”, a solution relief from stress and or flashbacks, anxiety and more, please join us with our herd for a different type of therapy that is VERY effective!

See flyer for contact info.

Scheduling NOW! Individuals, couples and groups. FREE!!!

Rosemary Baughman LCSW, CADC,
EAGALA Advanced certified, EAGALA military certified
Executive Director
Courageous Hearts…where horses empower people!
302-593-1378 P
302-265-2790 F

flyer for asg 2020

Please join a virtual workshop that teaches stress-management and relaxation techniques for service members, veterans and their families. This will be a live, facilitated discussion around the challenges of living through the COVID-19 outbreak. You will have an opportunity to share with others, learn and practice new skills and ask questions in a small online group.

We invite you to join us on video and audio for a 1-hour conversation with a Red Cross mental health volunteer and other members of your community.

June 17th –  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


June 23rd – 2:00 – 3:30 PM  Eastern Time (US and Canada)


June 25th – 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


June 30th – 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Jul 2, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


The Brain Injury Association of Delaware is partnering with Procino-Wells and Woodland to provide an informative webinar discussing the top legal issues that arise for caregivers and survivors of brain injury, as well as other disabilities.

Kristy Handley, M.S.
Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Delaware
P.O. Box 1897, Dover, DE  19903

302-346-2083 | 1-800-411-0505

Brain Injury Top Legal Issues

FOOD BANK OF DELAWARE Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry

To help address increased demands for food assistance a midst the coronavirus public health crisis, the Food Bank of Delaware will host an additional three drive-thru mobile pantries in each Delaware county for families struggling to afford food. The Food Bank of Delaware is prepared to serve up to 2,500 households at each pantry.

  • Participants are asked to bring proof of identification and Delaware residency.
  • All food recipients must stay in a vehicle.
  • The Food Bank of Delaware also requests that participants make sure their trunks are cleared out so volunteers can load food with minimal interaction.
  • Service will be first-come, first-serve.
  • Participants should bring proof of identification and Delaware residency. Assistance is limited to one per household.

New Castle County

When: Monday, April 20 starting at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Christiana Mall, Newark, Del. (upon arrival, please follow traffic message boards)
Pre-registration: newcastlecountyfood.eventbrite.com

Kent County

When: Wednesday, April 22 starting at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Dover International Speedway (please enter through the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino entrance); 1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover
Pre-registration: kentcountyfood.eventbrite.com

Sussex County

When: Friday, April 24 starting at 12 noon
Where: Sussex Central High School (upon arrival, please follow traffic message boards), 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown
Pre-registration: sussexcountyfood.eventbrite.com

The Food Bank of Delaware directly distributes EMERGENCY food to the public through the Healthy Pantry Center.

  • Starting Monday, April 13, emergency food assistance at the HPC will be no sooner than 14 days from the client’s last visit.
  • DE Driver License or DE State ID will be required for proof of identification.
  • If address on your ID does not match your current living address, please bring a utility or other bill or leasing agreement.

Pantry hours are:

Newark (222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE  19702)

Please park near the loading ramp in the back of the building and someone will come out to your vehicle.

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last pick up at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Third Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last pick up at 6:00 p.m.)

The pantry will be closed from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for restocking.

Milford (1040 Mattlind Way, Milford, DE  19963).

Please park and someone will come out to your vehicle.

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last participant at 3:00 p.m.)
  • 4th Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last participant at 6:00 p.m.)

The pantry will be closed from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for restocking.

The Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) has made it their mission to “create a better future through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support”. During these unprecedented times, we have found ourselves in a unique position and are re-inventing the way we reach our brain injury community.

The COVID-19 crisis is adding stress to the lives of many. Our brain injury community is not exempt from these stresses. Social isolation can pose adverse effects, such as depression and anxiety, which can negatively affect the quality of life and rehabilitation of a survivor. Social support systems are extremely important to the brain injury survivor. The best approach to assisting brain injury survivors, as well as their caregivers, during this time is to let them know that they are not alone and offer encouragement. Maintaining a social support system is vital.

BIAD has taken steps to remain connected with survivors and caregivers during this time. Our organization has made necessary changes to the way we assist our community.  We have implemented virtual support groups throughout the state, we are making check-in calls to persons affected by brain injury, we are providing links to key services, and we are working with other organizations to bring virtual mindfulness activities to those in the brain injury community.

Please help us spread the word.  If you know someone that is in need of our help, please have them contact Kristy Handley at director@biade.org  or (302) 346-2083. BIAD continues to be proactive, working to assist our brain injury community with living the best life possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kristy Handley, M.S.
Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Delaware
P.O. Box 1897, Dover, DE  19903
302-346-2083 | 1-800-411-0505

Veteran suicide rates remain alarmingly high despite years of reform.

For U.S. Army veteran Tom Voss, it was the unseen wounds of war that gushed from his body and crippled his insides day in and day out. While more than 6,000 miles from the battlefields of Iraq and back in the beloved land he served, Voss no longer felt at home in his skin. The wincing memories of doing or witnessing horrific things that collided with his fundamental beliefs – the “moral injury” – walked like a shadow alongside him and inside him, propelling him toward suicide as a means to end the pain and suffering.

According to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, 45,390 American adults died from suicide in 2017 – the most recent available year of data collection – including 6,139 U.S. veterans. The report stated that the number of veteran suicides has exceeded 6,000 every single year between 2008 and 2017, and in 2017, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times the rate for non-veteran adults.

In 2005, an average of 86.6 American adults, including veterans, died by suicide daily. In comparison, an average of 124.4 Americans died by suicide daily in 2017, indicating a sharp rise across the country.

Specific to veterans, the study found that suicides increased from 5,787 to 6,139 over those 12 years.In 2005, an average of 15.9 veterans died by suicide daily, andin 2017, an average of 16.8 Veterans died by suicide each day.

WATCH Fox News Story >

Food Bank of Delaware
Appointments for emergency food assistance are available at the Food Bank!


222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702
Enter building through back entrance near loading ramp
To make an appointment: Newark: (302) 292-1305 ext 227

1040 Mattlind Way, Milford, DE 19963
Enter building through front door with green awning
To make an appointment: Milford: (302) 424-3301 ext 105


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