Military veterans often have a different perspective on their surroundings than other individuals who may not have served in the armed forces. Having potentially experienced combat, long tours of duty, being moved every few years or simply living through the structure of daily military life, veterans can be prone to mental or behavioral health challenges. The stress of their daily duty and any other experiences they might be going through can potentially cause issues with long-term depression, significant anxiety, or even symptoms of PTSD. Not every soldier or member of the military will experience things the same way as others, but it is important to understand that there is always a need for support amongst veterans, especially when it comes to mental health issues.
Whether you have retired from the military, or are currently struggling with a mental health or behavioral health challenge, and want to be cleared to return to active duty, it is important to find ways to successfully treat these problems. There are numerous avenues to explore when it comes to mental health treatment, but a great starting point for military veterans would be to get plugged into some sort of group therapy if they are experiencing mental health trauma that doesn’t require immediate hospitalization.
One important aspect to note: there are still stigmas that permeate aspects of society when it comes to mental health and behavioral health challenges. Struggling with addictions, such as painkillers or alcohol, or even fighting off the daily demons of depression or anxiety does not make you weak, nor is it a situation that should be taken lightly. With suicide rates in the military higher than they have been in years, it is important to take significant action whenever and wherever possible. In fact, from 2001 through 2014, the rate of suicide amongst military veterans has risen 32 percent, so we can see how drastically this has affected men and women who have served and are serving currently.
However, we should continue to focus on the positive methods available for assisting veterans. Group therapy is an excellent way to get acclimated with facing one’s particular issues. Realizing that there are other men and women who are experiencing the same exact issues as you are can be extremely helpful for many reasons. It can give you the courage to speak about your issues out loud, and receive positive reinforcement, care and love from others who know how you may feel. It can also be empowering in the sense that you begin to feel more control over your particular issues, especially in regards to taking a proactive approach towards it.
The benefits of group therapy are not always quantifiable, but it hasn’t stopped thousands of veterans from participating in it. Because of its affordability, group therapy can be an excellent starting point for those who are looking for some sort of mental health treatment. Helping to contribute to the recovery of other veterans has shown a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts or behaviors compared to those who do not choose to participate in group therapy. The good news? Recent studies conducted in regards to military veterans who had attended these therapies showed a suicide rate of only 0.01 percent.
Another great aspect is that group therapy can be conducted in both an outpatient setting, as well as partial hospitalization. This provides veterans with a host of options that fit their current schedule, while simultaneously receiving intensive care and therapy in order to help treat their particular mental or behavioral health issues.
Reaching out to a mental health professional or a veterans association can be a great step towards the path to recovery, and is highly recommended by both mental health experts and other military veterans alike.
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