Meet Vet Leader Travis Groft
Travis was in our first Vet Leader cohort back in 2014, and has
since become a full-fledged facilitator for our one-day events. For his day job, he serves as the Manager of Wellness Programs for San Mateo County
School District, and in that role he communicates with children, teachers and parents through a monthly district newsletter. We wanted to share
his most recent message with you. You can also listen to him lead a guided meditation here.
MENTAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCY
Mental health affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and social economic status.
As veteran who has had personal struggles with mental health I know the latter to be true. Before I was a veteran I was a regular working class kid from
the San Francisco Bay Area who struggled with addiction and substance abuse for as long as I can remember. Through the love and support of many great
people I was able to find a new way of living and I’m still learning how to live my authentic life. As a wellness professional, working in Human Resources
for a school district, one of my focuses is how to best support and improve the mental health of my community. . . .
Now there are two sides to every story, so let’s discuss the other side of mental health; resiliency and what exactly that means. Resiliency is typically
defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. It is also a term we use to describe ones over wellbeing. First we need to
set the record straight. Mental health or any struggle associated with it is not a detriment to one’s character or capabilities in life. This attitude
is an affliction in and of itself in the military community and with older generations in Western society. There are some seriously negative biases
held against mental health issues in our country today.