The LifeAid initiative seeks to reduce suicides with a new and different approach.
By creating a bridge between technology and mental healthcare to treat brain injuries vs. mental health symptoms, LifeAid offers veterans, first responders and their families new opportunities for peer support, access to new healthcare technology, and individualized therapies to heal the brain, reduce pain, and restore purpose.
1) Drive awareness about the need to reduce suicide in the Veteran and first responder communities by focusing more resources, technologies and research to treat the physical and mental health of the brain.
2) Raise funds to help Veterans and first responders pay for brain and mental health treatments.
3) Connect at-risk Veterans and first responders with Life Aid’s network of resources
John Wordin, Founder and Chairman
1981 - 1985 College Football Player - CSUN
1986 - 2004 Professional Cyclist
1992 - 2002 Creator Mercury Cycling Professional Team
7 straight years VeloNews North American Team of the Year
2005-2007 Creator - Kids Fitness Challenge
10,000 participants at the annual Rose Bowl Event
California Governor Fitness Council Program of the Year
2008 – Creator Mental and Physical Rehab Program for Military and First Responders
Design and build custom adapted bicycles for severely injured
Creator DoD Warrior Games
Creator of No Vet Alone Suicide Prevention Program
Renata Sahagian: Chief Experience Officer
Maria Paone: Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning
Erica Rubach: Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning
Sebby Respanti: 9/11 FDNY
Mike Luba: CEO, Madison House Presents – Production, Artist Relations, Venue
Mathew Thomas: CEO, Concertpass – Production, Artist Relations, Sponsorship
Robert Keating: Equipment and Cycling Industry Relations
Al Roker: President of Al Roker Entertainment
Dr. Chris Whitlow: Director, Radiology Informatics and Image Processing Laboratory – Wake Forest University
Dr. Daniel Amen: CEO & Founder of Amen Clinics. Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist.
Dr. David Root: Leading expert in infra-red sauna-based human detoxification. Retired American USAF Pilot
Jim Hart: CEO Myneurva
Adm. Margaret Kibben (ret): Chief of Chaplains – Dept. of Navy
Dr. Melissa Quinn: Board Certified Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacology, Integrative Psychiatry
John Kelly: CEO, CereScan, Data Analytics and A.I. Predictive Modeling
Honorable Patrick J. Murphy: 32nd Undersecretary of the Army, First Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress
Dr. Mark Filidei: Director of Integrative/Functional Medicine
Jurgen Heitmann: Director of Performance, Arena Labs – Over three decades in Special Operations as a Navy SEAL
Dave Edwards: President Founder Primal Wear
Chuck Steedman: Chief Operating and Development Officer, AEG Facilities
Travis Dalton: President , Cerner Government Services
Dr. Michael Harrington: Migraine Specialist
Dr. Skip Rizzo: Director, Medical Virtual Reality – USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Dr. Fred Starr – Founder MyNuerva
Dr. Bear Walker - Founder Earth Medicine Institute
Lisa Mindel - President - Whole Body Beautiful Nutrition
What is Life Aid?
Life Aid is a national awareness campaign to start a much-needed conversation about what we should be doing differently to reduce military, veteran, and first responder suicide and why we need to focus more resources, research and attention on brain health. The idea for starting the Life Aid campaign came from John Wordin, Founder of No Vet Alone, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing suicide for military, veteran, first responder and their families by improving health and resilience.
What are the goals of the Life Aid campaign?
- Creating a bridge between technology and brain health to treat injuries vs. symptoms
- Establish a new platform and protocol of care that will significantly reduce suicides
- Restructuring the way that we intervene for mental health by implementation of innovative solutions
What is the care process/guideline you follow?
Thorough history is first collected, patient and loved ones complete several questionnaires, testing, and imaging is done. A physician then reviews all of this data and puts together a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account the biological predispositions and psychosocial factors of the patient. This will include dietary, nutrition, peer support, group social fitness, lifestyle interventions, and other functional and technology therapies as indicated.
How do you monitor and understand the impact of that care process on the veteran?
Feedback from the patient, testimonials, surveys (PCL, PHQ, Etc.), and technological evaluations. Each participant will be closely monitored with periodic check ins including a follow up scan at 6-9 months to be sure progress is updated.
What do you do if the veteran is not doing better?
Any treatment plan will evolve based upon what is learned in any follow up scan, qEEG, and feedback from the clinicians and participant. The treatment plan will continue to evolve to meet the patient’s needs. If needed, the patient will be guided to seek local psychiatric or emergent care.