Veteran’s Day 2021: Supporting the mental health of our US armed forces | SilverCloud Health

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On this day, Veteran’s Day, we pause to recognize and celebrate the members of the United States Armed Forces and their families – from all of us at SilverCloud Health, we thank you for your service.

We recognize that our United States veterans have a unique set of mental health needs due to the challenging lifestyle that can come from military life. It’s reported that nearly 30% of all active and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition that requires treatment.

Among those mental health conditions that affect veterans are anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship support. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), there are five ways to best support our United States veterans:

     1. Understand Suicide

The Veterans Administration (VA) reports that on average, 22 veterans die by suicide every day. If you know a veteran struggling with suicidal ideation, please share the 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line with them: 1-800-273-8255.

       2. Understand PTSD

PTSD is 15 times more likely to affect veterans than it is to affect civilians.

       3. Understand Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

According to the VA, the Department of Defense reported more than 375,000 cases of TBI between 2000 and 2017. Brain injuries can significantly increase the risk for co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

       4. Understand Depression

Approximately 10% of veterans treated by the Veterans Administration between 2009 and 2013 were treated for a major depressive disorder.

       5. Understand Anxiety

In a 2013 study, it was found that 12% of participants met the criteria for an anxiety disorder. This percentage is in sharp contrast to the 1.6-3.5% of civilians who suffer from an anxiety-related disorder.

If you’re a veteran and in need of assistance or support, please reach out to your nearest VA hospital.

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