The Military Health System (MHS) is committed to providing comprehensive resources and support to military service members, families, and veterans facing mental health challenges. With frequent relocations, deployments, and combat-related stress, military families are at a higher risk for mental health issues. Additionally, traumatic events such as combat, assaults or natural disasters can have lasting negative effects on mental wellbeing.
Recognizing the importance of mental health is crucial for the well-being and readiness of our military force. Seeking help is a sign of strength and a vital component of individual performance and overall readiness. It’s essential to remember that everyone has different thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Therefore, it’s okay to seek treatment that feels right for you.
Mental health disorders are common among civilians and can include anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder or more severe illnesses such as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia or PTSD. However, many people with mental illness do not receive the care they need due to stigma or lack of awareness. It’s important to recognize that seeking help is not a weakness but rather a sign of courage and self-care.
If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, there are resources available through the MHS that offer confidential support services such as counseling services, peer support groups and emergency assistance 24/7/365 days a year. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help; your well-being matters!