Destigmatizing Mental Health Action in the Veteran Community
Mental health conditions are extremely common among veterans, yet less than half of returning veterans in need receive any kind of treatment for their mental health. Unfortunately, mental health care remains overlooked among veterans and many are forced to experience PTSD, depression, or anxiety without adequate support.
But several nonprofits and organizations are working to remove any stigma associated with mental health and empower veterans to take action. For Mental Health Action Day, ViacomCBS’ Veterans Network will be hosting two panels on their Youtube channel, one on “De-stigmatizing Mental Health in the Military Community,” and another entitled “Thriving Beyond Surviving – a conversation on PTSD and resiliency.”
“De-stigmatizing Mental Health in the Military Community” is an informative panel discussion that will be moderated by Jim Axelrod, Chief Investigative Correspondent, CBS News. The panel will include Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project and Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Executive Director of Home Base.
“As a national organization dedicated to bringing healing and hope to Veterans, Service Members, and Families from across the nation who are suffering from the invisible wounds of war, Home Base is proud to join MTV and the countless other organizations committed to normalizing mental health care at a time when it is more important than ever before,” Brigadier General Jack Hammond said.
“Millions of veterans live with the invisible wounds of war with some never seeking care,” Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington said. “Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to changing that through our Warrior Care Network and other signature programs and services. We’re proud to join MTV and the countless other organizations committed to normalizing mental health care.”
For far too long, veterans have been forced to suffer with mental health struggles alone but with the necessary resources and support, veterans will no longer have to care for their mental health alone and can begin to take action towards mental wellness.
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