Tool: Create Space

Telling personal stories about the experiences one has had during service or deployment is an important part of the wellness journey. Through exploration of these questions, you can navigate ways in which a safe space can be created for story sharing.




“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is out power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Viktor Frankl.


Ways in which you can do this:

  • Invite through face-to-face interaction
  • Create mutually agreed upon guidelines for engagement
  • Participate in online interaction
  • Provide a safe physical space
  • Invite supportive persons to participate
  • Design a mentorship program (veteran to veteran)
  • Provide opportunity for peer support from other veterans
  • Create networks: with other veterans, with congregations, with the pastor, with families, with the community
  • Provide means for story sharing: in person, in writing, in artwork, through playback theatre, through social media site.






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