Raising the Mental Health IQ of Our Communities

We are a nonprofit offering:


Mental Health First Aid Training

Meditation * Yoga Therapy  * Sound Healing

bringing mental

health first aid

to the music


The loss of iconic musician Jeff Austin hit founder of the VA Way, John, very hard. 

Yonder Mountain String Band was the first time he was introduced to bluegrass music and it was in New Orleans at a 2am show during Jazz Fest. That show forever changed his life. He believes that night discovering Jeff Austin set him on the path that he is on today.  Jeff's death highlights the crises of mental health in ALL communities, especially our music community.


The VA Way is partnering with the Delfest Foundation to bring Mental Health First Aid Training to our Music communities.  Our goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness - to make it okay to not be okay, to make it okay to seek help, and to increase the awareness and the overall Mental Health IQ of our community so that as a community we cultivate understanding and compassion for ourselves and others and build a strong support network to prevent future loss of any of our brothers and sisters due to mental illness. 



The VA Way partners with

The Om Collective to offer holistic therapies that are scientifically proven to help reduce symptoms of mental illness and improve overall wellbeing, mind, body and spirit.

The team includes Certified Yoga Therapists and teachers, reiki masters, sound healers and body workers.

The VA Way is committed to improving the mental health of veterans and members of the music industry through health and wellness.

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Virtual 1 on 1

Crises Navigation Sessions

We offer 1 on  Mental Wellness Coaching. Talk to us today about how one of these sessions can help you or someone you know learn self-care skills to help navigate through difficult times. 

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Mental Health First Aid - Online 

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations.


Meditation, Yoga Therapy & Sound Healing

The VA Way partners with

The Om Collective to offer holistic therapies that are scientifically proven to help reduce symptoms of mental illness and improve your overall wellbeing. Our team includes Certified Yoga Therapists (MS Yoga Therapy, C-IAYT), Reiki Master, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Sound Bowl Healer, and Body Workers.