The Invisible Wounds Project is a 100% volunteer organization based in the Twin Cities that focuses on raising awareness and providing services to our veterans, first responders, frontline medical staff, dispatchers, corrections officers and their families who are struggling with mental health, PTSD and suicide issues. We provide all services anonymously and free of charge, eliminating the barriers that often prevent those we serve from coming forward for help.
Annually we serve hundreds within the State of Minnesota through mental health treatments and counselling sessions, as well as retreats, providing service dogs, team building/bonding activities and woodworking.
For many years there has been an epidemic of mental health issues below the surface and unreported within the groups that we serve for quite some time and since the COVID-19 pandemic has hit, our groups have especially been struggling with mental health issues. Currently we are receiving a 400% increase in service requests as compared to pre-pandemic time. Based on our experience, it is only going to get worse, which is why we need your support.
Why do we do it? The following is a note sent to our founder from an Army wife that we helped get a service dog for. (Used with permission)
"You will always hold a significant place in my life. I don't know why you reached out that night to ask if I had submitted my application or why you kept responding. But I'm so thankful you did because what you don't know is that my bags were packed and I was leaving that night. Except the only thing in my bag was a 9mm and while I told myself over and over that it was selfish and my kids didn't deserve that. I didn't know how to fix my situation and as an RN and a mom, that is what I do. I fix. Everyone in my house was sleeping and I had just closed the gun safe when your message came through and you... you kept responding and for that alone. I will forever be grateful. We are in such an amazing place as a family now. I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this. Thank you - Sara"
The work we are doing is saving/changing lives and we ask for your support so that we can help more people.