The Valhalla Project Niagara is a non profit agency for veterans and first responders with PTSD.
Our flagship program is the Learn to Live program which is a 5 day residential respite program.
The program generally has between 12 to 15 participants.
Residential programs run from Sunday to Friday.
Participants come and stay with us for five days at the
Cave Springs Camp in the Niagara region.
All meals and accommodation are provided.
Our next planned residential cohorts are:
Our residential programs will run in full compliance with local bylaws,
procedures, and best practices regarding covid/vaccinations.
The program covers topics such as support network management, suicide prevention, basic education, various coping skills , lifestyle management, medications, addictions, therapies available, including the therapist code of conduct. Support network management teaches participants how to communicate in a stigma free way. It also encourages real-time checkins and identifying current state of arousal. Basic education teaches how to be aware of how ptsd manifests in the body and how it affects your ability to function. By knowing this we can take active steps to ensure the symptoms do not prevail.
The segment on medications explains the various pharmaceutical intended uses and side effects. Further, cannabis is also explained, demystified , and destigmatized. Participants are able to have a more learned conversation with their HCP
The subject of addictions is explained. The various programs and modes are explained 12 step vs harm reduction. Various coping skills are demonstrated throughout. participants can utilize and the new skills
which seem to work for them into their routine.
The residential program has segments on food preparation throughout the week. Further, fitness, including martial arts , is encouraged as well as morning yoga. We have a variety of speakers on the above topics. There is NO trauma processing during our sessions. This is NOT group therapy. This program is meant to go along with your current, in place , therapy. we are not replacing your therapist. Participants in the cohort will also be exposed to various positive physical activities that they may find helpful. These activities can include, but are not limited to , yoga, equine exposure, goats, stained glass, archery, bees, music, arts, paddling boarding and martial arts. The key goal of this program is to have the basic management tools in place to control PTSD and prevent suicide in our affected members. The costs for this program have been covered by third party donations and there is no charge to attend. The only barrier to treatment is stigma. Beyond the learn to live program we provide strong peer support to our members in the form of positive social activities. Our programs instill hope and a practical, informed method to manage their ptsd on a daily basis.
Intakes criteria for acceptance:
-Veteran or First responders
-Current Therapist Consent
L2L ONLINE - The educational and communication components , as well as some of the activities, have been adapted to an online format consisting of 10 x 3 hour live sessions. We have completed the inaugural intake in May and there is currently a cohort running with the sessions being Mondays and Thursdays. We are expecting to run another program cohort in July. Anticipated dates are to be confirmed but we are hoping to run a zoom program every month. Times to be confirmed but anticipated to be early afternoon 12-3. The sessions are scheduled for 3 hours but generally run 2 1/2 , with a chat afterwards. Subject matter experts (all with PTSD) are brought in as guest presenters.
Criteria For The Program
-Veteran, or first responder (includes all medical professionals, corrections and CBSA)
-Diagnosed with PTSD from your service
-Therapist must be aware of attendance