Wounded warrior speaks at Behavioral Health Convention

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 10:23 PM CST
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Veterans who see combat deal with a variety of issues.

One soldier spoke at the Behavioral Health Conference about his journey from the war zone in Iraq to better health.

Dan Nevins is a wounded warrior who lost both of his legs during his service in Iraq.

"I felt like my life was over. 'What can a guy with no legs do?' And as a competitive runner, running is what my wife and I did together that was going to be gone and how would she love me?" said Nevins.

Nevins is one of the speakers at the North Dakota Behavioral Health Convention. He talks about how he dealt with the traumas in his life through yoga.

"A friend of mine that suggested yoga when I was in the darkest period of my life, and that I actually had a transformative experience on the yoga mat by just being present with my thoughts, and realizing that, hey, the way I was showing up in my life wasn't what the people in my life deserved," he said.

And it really turned things around.

"A lot of days I forget that I don't have legs until I have to put them on again in the morning," said Nevins.

In the wake of the 2019 legislative session, behavioral health is going through some big changes in North Dakota.

"The next 12 months are going to be the most important months in the behavioral health system we're going to see probably in our life times, and the reason is there were so many things that were passed this session that changed the services that are available change the way we address behavioral health," said Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division director.

Sagness says that Nevins' story is an inspiration for the work they do in the lives of people in North Dakota.

The Behavioral Health Division is touring the state to talk about the changes starting in Jamestown on November 20.​

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