By: Henry Howard, The American Legion
HEAL*ARIOUS programs improve psychological performance in people, organizations and communities by harnessing the power of therapeutic humor.
We are passionate about improving mental health and preventing suicide in a new way. We do this by using comedy as a tool to improve psychological performance by reframing negative thought patterns to improve quality of life and cognitive processing.
While we do not diagnose or treat patients, our programs and protocols are developed by a team of mental health clinicians in collaboration with our comedian facilitators. Our program was piloted for 36-weeks at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and has been used to help over 6,000 veterans, corporate leaders, and professional athletes to date.
Robin Phoenix Johnson
After more than 20 years of military service, Lieutenant Colonel Robin Johnson, USA, Ret., discovered her new mission in improving people, organizations, and communities with humor.