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About Us

OUR MISSION IS TO

Improve Psychological Performance of veterans, military families and first responders through the use of humor.

“There comes a point when you need to stop just pulling people out of the river.  We need to go upstream and figure out why they are falling in.”- Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

OUR PURPOSE
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

If you were choking, you would know exactly what to do.  You would display the international sign for choking, you would cough, perhaps someone would give you the Heimlich maneuver.  But, if your brain was choking on negative thoughts, what would you do? 

We weren’t satisfied with the lack of recognized protocols for mental health, especially when about 3K people die by choking each year compared to the nearly 50K that die by suicide.*  

We created HEAL*ARIOUS to be the “Heimlich” for mental health.   Cognitive distortions (negative thought patterns) cause anxiety and depression.  We are revolutionizing resiliency training and suicide prevention by teaching participants how to use humor to dislodge those harmful thoughts the same way they would dislodge an object from their airway.

*US, CDC Report
OUR METHOD
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO

We provide no-cost cognitive behavior theory-based training to veterans, military families, and first responders.  

While we do not diagnose or treat patients, our programs and protocols are designed to complement conventional mental health treatments. We “edutain” (educate and entertain) participants tobe empowered to improve their psychological performance. The curriculum was designed in collaboration with experts including the Army’s longest serving operational psychologist and a Major League Baseball mental skills coach. Our program was piloted at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and has been conducted both in-person and virtually at locations such at the United States Military Academy (West Point), Minot Air Force Base, Ft. Moore, GA, and corporate audiences around the United States.

ROBIN JOHNSON

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER

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.

  • Certified Humor Professional (Association for the Applied & Therapeutic Humor)
  • TEDx Speaker
  • HEAL*ARIOUS programs facilitator
  • Nationally touring stand-up comedian
  • Voted Best Charleston Comic 2022
  • Executive Producer, Operation HEAL*ARIOUS: America’s Funniest Veterans & Military Spouses

Jeffrey A. McNeil, Ph.D.

Doug Chadwick,
Ph.D.

Clinical Consultant

Frank Chindamo,
Professor

Advisor

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