Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support uses the understanding of another’s situation through shared experiences.
Post-Traumatic Stress is not a one size fits all diagnosis. It can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons, including military combat and law enforcement as a career. The PTS symptoms that impact these heroes can be minimized through outdoor therapy.
Heroes on the Water’s recurring kayak fishing program promotes continual wellness and healing for veterans, first responders and their families, which is in alignment with promoting post-traumatic growth.
Our brains need the outdoors - it’s in our makeup to want to be outdoors, immersed in the calming effect it brings to us. When HOW first began kayak fishing experiences, we could see and feel first-hand the impact of the being outside on our heroes.
Intergenerational transmission events have been studied from multiple angles, including trauma, economic status, and even wellness. Heroes on the Water’s programs support the transmission of wellness through kayak fishing and the outdoors.
Multiple studies prove that women who spend time outdoors feel more connected, more satisfied, and less anxious. Especially if they participate in a sport like kayaking.