One aspect of military life that deserves attention from both loved ones and the larger community is the mental health of our service members and veterans, more than one in five of whom suffer emotionally.
The U.S. military has become a crucial flashpoint for the larger conversation around mental health services and treatment. The effects of war-related trauma, problems and scandal at the Veterans Administration, the bureaucratic maze that returning vets are forced to navigate, and the need for effective approaches to PTSD all fall under this category.
In a rare showing of bipartisan unity, Republican Congressman Will Hurd from San Antonio and Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso held a joint meeting Monday to talk about veterans affairs. Read more.
Mental health checks do not help soldiers with psychological problems after returning from war. So says the first test of such screening, carried out on the UK army.
The former Royal Engineer, who had slit his throat, was locked in a police cell because there were no mental health beds for him anywhere in the county.
More than 1,600 Texas veterans have stepped out of the shadows to talk about their marijuana use with legislators, the media and anyone else who’ll listen to their harrowing tales of painkiller addiction and suicide. They’re the vanguard of the medical marijuana lobbying effort that’s making battle plans to bring their cause to Texas lawmakers Read more
Retired Army Lt. Col. John Bechtol understands how important it is for veterans on college campuses to have access to mental health services. Even beyond considerations of post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, “there’s often just this sense of loneliness, a feeling of being disconnected from their classmates.” Real more…
At a CNN town hall President Barack Obama talked about embedding mental health clinicians with the U.S. military. Read more…
As we focus on legislative solutions for Veterans Affairs reform, we need to be clear-eyed about the reality of veterans’ needs as much as about the narratives we intentionally or unintentionally are crafting. Read more…
For the first time since Canada went to war in Afghanistan, the number of soldiers who served there and retired will outnumber those still in the military.
In order to begin to make headway, educators must stand as role models committed to honoring and serving this next greatest generation of veterans as they continue to serve; transition; and become members of the greater civilian community.
An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan.
Secrecy, mistrust and the shadow of interrogation at the American prison limited doctors ability to treat mental illness among detainees.
Scott Miller suffered PTSD after serving with the Army in Afghanistan. When his symptoms got worse and he was having thoughts of killing people in his unit, he sought treatment but ended up being disciplined for making threats.
Compared with people still on active duty in the military, veterans out of the service for up to three months were 2.5 times more likely to commit suicide, a U.S. study found. .
One in five Army kids will need mental health treatment within the first 15 to 16 years of their lives, said the Army’s director of psychological health.
Democrats on Tuesday seized on comments Donald Trump made suggesting that military members and veterans with mental health issues are not “strong” and “can’t handle it”.
The number of UK armed forces personnel deliberately self-harming has jumped by more than a third over five years.
The U.S. has cut homelessness among veterans nearly in half since 2010, thanks largely to “housing first” programs. That flies in the face of the long-held assumption that most homeless veterans needed treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to prepare them to live in an apartment.
The general public vastly overestimates the number of post-9/11 veterans with mental health conditions, a misconception veterans advocates say threatens the overall well-being and employment prospects of former troops.
Micah Johnson made his motive clear: Kill white officers in defense of fellow African Americans who have died at the hands of police. But clinical experts are already looking beyond societal rage.
“Veterans should be guaranteed the right to choose their doctor and clinics, whether at a VA facility or at a private medical center,” he is expected to say. He will also continue to push for improved mental health services and new efforts to help veterans find jobs when they return home.