What Psychoanalysts Are Doing

Programs Founded by Psychoanalysts

 
Strategic Outreach for All Reservists (SOFAR)
Founded by Jaine Darwin, Psy.D. and Kenneth Reich, Ed.D., SOFAR provides help via support groups, education about PTSD, depression and TBI (traumatic brain injury) and consultation/brief treatment free of charge to families of reservists and Guardsmen/women who have been deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
The Soldiers Project
Founded by Judtih Broder, M.D., The Soldier’s Project provides free, confidential psychological services to veterans who have served at any time after September 11, 2001 and their loved ones. It also is committed to educating the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect not only those who serve, but also their loved ones at home and in our communities.  
 
Ladies in Waiting
Founded by Vivian Eskin, Ph.D., Ladies in Waiting, is a New York City support group for wives, mothers, girlfriends, or grandparents of deployed soldiers.

 

A History of Involvement

 

Historically, psychoanalysts have been extremely interested in helping veterans to deal with the traumas of war. For example, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute's Treatment Center was originally organized in 1946 as an auxiliary center for the psychotherapy of veterans of World War II. And Wilfred Bion established his seminal theory of group regressions while working in a military psychiatric hospital. Mardi Horowitz, Dori Laub, Ira Brenner and other psychoanalysts who studied trauma and stress response syndromes have contributed greatly to our understanding of post-traumatic stress responses to war in soldiers and their families.

Get Involved/Find Funding

  • Write your congressional representatives regarding veterans' mental health issues. 
  • Write letters to newspapers about the mental health crisis facing veterans — use the related talking points.