Military families often face unique challenges that can impact their mental health, including frequent relocations, deployments, and stress due to combat and time away from their families. Traumatic events such as combat, assault, or disasters can also have long-lasting negative effects on mental health. It is crucial to recognize and prioritize the mental health needs of our military force for their well-being and readiness.
If you or a loved one are concerned about your mental health, know that you are not alone. Mental health disorders affect millions of people worldwide and can include anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD. Unfortunately, many individuals with mental illness do not receive the care they need. However, it’s important to remember that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to thinking, feeling or acting. It’s okay to seek treatment that feels right for you.
It is essential to understand that everyone experiences mental health differently and seeking help is a sign of strength rather than weakness. It’s vital to prioritize individual performance and overall readiness by seeking help when needed. The Military Health System offers a wide range of resources to support service members, families or veterans dealing with mental health challenges. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help; it could make all the difference in your life or the life of someone you love.