Developed to meet the needs and challenges of our service members, veterans, and their families, M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks) is a comprehensive, collaborative initiative dedicated to military mental health. M-SPAN programs have been developed by faculty and staff from the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Michigan Army National Guard. M-SPAN incorporates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, research and evaluation, and the design and delivery of support programs for service members and military families.
M-SPAN initiatives include:
Programs for service members and veterans:
- The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program is a peer support and outreach program that trains veterans to provide peer support and linkage to care for service members and veterans.
- Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects student veterans on campus with peer advisors at their schools who can provide support and link them with resources to facilitate a smooth transition from the military to college, or help them navigate other challenges they are facing.
- After Her Service is a program for Post-9/11 women veterans designed to build personal resilience and foster personal success. The program begins with a skill-building retreat focused on increasing resiliency. Following the retreat, participants engage in 6 months of one-on-one coaching to set and meet personal and professional goals.
Programs for military families:
- Strong Military Families This parenting group program is offered for military service members, their spouses or partners, and their children aged 0-8 years old. Strong Military Families provides a 10-week parent and child group experience designed to support and enhance the resilience of military families by creating opportunities for families to come together to learn, support one another, and grow in their ability to navigate the unique challenges they face.
- HomeFront Strong An 8-week resiliency program designed especially for the needs of Post-9/11 military and veteran spouses/partners. Delivered in an in-person group or on-line format, HomeFront Strong incorporates evidence-based strategies to help spouses reduce stress and social isolation, build optimism and positive coping, change negative thinking, and learn new approaches to self-care.