Veterans Day and Mental Health

Veterans Day Mental Health

Read Mark C. Russell’s November 9th editorial published in The Seattle Times entitled, On this Veterans Day, where is the outrage over mental-health crisis?

Russell concludes with this call to action:

Honor our veterans this holiday by demanding the president and congressional representatives to urgently do the following:

  • Conduct independent investigations into the cause of the military mental-health-care crisis.
  • Establish a unified “Behavioral Health Corps” within the Department of Defense.
  • End hiring restrictions of licensed marriage/family therapists, mental-health counselors and clinical psychologists to address chronic staffing shortages.
  • Establish a “Joint Services Behavioral Health Lessons Learned Center.”
  • Compel the VA/military to ensure every veteran has access to all evidence-based therapies per the VA/DoD PTSD guidelines.

Mark C. Russell

Resources:

NAMI | Support for Veterans & Active Duty

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. If you are having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.

Veterans Crisis Line

#BeThere for Veterans and Servicemembers - Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

14 thoughts on “Veterans Day and Mental Health

  1. dyane November 13, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    My dad was a veteran but he never talked much about it. As you know, he had bipolar as well. I remember growing up in L.A. relatively close to the Veteran’s Hospital in Westwood (I think) and when we drove by it, I had the creeps. Without anyone telling me until much later on, I intuitively knew that our veterans were not being treated at that place the way they deserved to be treated there. Anyway, thank you for shedding light on this topic. I know my father would appreciate it from the bottom of his heart. Xo

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    • Kitt O'Malley November 14, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Perhaps you got the creeps because of the Los Angeles National Cemetery across Wilshire. I loved seeing all the coyotes in the cemetery at dusk.

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  2. Jennifer November 13, 2017 / 9:43 am

    A very good read!! Thank you for your message!

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  3. Lindsay November 11, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    excellent post. it’s heartbreaking that our country doesn’t do a better job of supporting our veterans, especially when they do so much for us.

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    • Kitt O'Malley November 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      I agree 100%. They risk their lives. The least we could do is care for them when they return home.

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  4. marandarussell November 11, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    The mental health care for everyone can be shoddy, but it seems especially bad for veterans in this country 😦

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