veterans mental health
Female vets and older veterans are most at risk.
For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.
The VA's shortage of therapists and difficulty reaching rural veterans means even those diagnosed may not get all the help they need. But even those who were diagnosed and treated find that at some point, therapy has done all it can do. More sessions won't necessarily help. From that point on, veterans say, their lives become a matter of coping.
America's men and women in uniform bravely defend our nation and our values. Their skill, dedication and valor are the envy of the world. When their time in uniform is over, they are entitled to world-class health care, a benefit they've earned and that their country is grateful to provide for them.
The latest scandal out of Washington -- revelations that VA hospitals may have suppressed information about long waiting lists -- serves as another reminder that much work remains when it comes to providing adequate care, including mental health and addiction services, to our veterans.
Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.
Today, PTSD is better understood and treated than it has ever been. Why, then, is suicide so much more prevalent in young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan when compared with the general population?
As a medical professional and a person who has experienced the effects of TBI through personal injury, it is impossible for me to sit idly by when so many of our returning heroes return with injuries which forever change the very ways they think and process information.
As Americans, we have a duty to provide our nation's heroes with the care and resources they need. Health care reform provides an historic opportunity to find new, collaborative approaches that could better serve them.
American society has been trapped reliving a pattern of mostly preventable behavioral health crises following every major war since the 20th century.
That demonstrates a difficult truth: Reducing military suicides will not be easy or quick, as Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
When McMichael woke up the next morning, he tried to piece together his night. "The next day when I'm kind of coming to and
'MY HUSBAND IS A HERO' When Mike started talking again about suicide, she realized it was up to her to stop it, to push aside