Rebecca Stone, LMHC
Veterans’ Mental Health: What You Need to Know
Honoring all members of the armed forces and their families. Some gave all; all gave some. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Members of the armed forces are incredible humans who go through unimaginable experiences. Whether serving in active combat or in other roles, the pressure and exposure to difficult events can become overwhelming, and the effects may be long-lasting. The families of servicemen and servicewomen also go through incredible amounts of stress.
It is paramount that our active duty military, veterans, and their families have access to and receive quality mental health care. Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone gets access to mental health care, or if/when they do gain access, it may not be enough of what they need. Given this, the deaths of service members are high.
Being aware of the facts, the warning signs, how to help, and the resources available can save a life.
In Florida, the number of service member deaths by suicide are slightly higher than the southern region and national average.
The number of servicemember deaths by suicide in Florida as compared to all suicides nationwide is significantly higher.
The most common method of suicide is firearms, followed by suffocation, poisoning, and other methods.
Retrieved from: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/data-sheets/Suicide-Data-Sheet-Florida.pdf
Know the Signs & How to Help
It is important to be aware of the warning signs of suicide. It is also just as important to know how to help someone who may be considering suicide.
There are multiple services and methods by which service members may get help. If you are uncertain about your mental health, you may access some online screening tools. For more information, check out the VA’s Guide to Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families.
In case of emergency, call the
Veteran’s Crisis Hotline, call 911,
or go to your nearest emergency room.