May is Mental Health Month
Explore the positive outcomes that are possible with mental health treatment.
Be There for Veterans
Learn how preventing suicide starts with this simple act of support: Be There.
Recovery Update News
Increasing the Role of Peer Specialists in Primary Care Settings
VA Releases Suicide Data by State
Data on Veteran suicide rates by state and region are now available. These state data sheets are a follow-up to VA’s August 2016 release of a national suicide data report, “Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans, 2001–2014.” The report was based on research in which VA conducted the Nation’s most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the United States, examining more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014 in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
To access the national data report and state data sheets, click here.
Fact Sheet: Emergent Mental Health Care for Former Service Members
19 July 2017
This fact sheet is designed to explain services available to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges and urgent mental health needs.
Because suicide prevention is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top clinical priority, it is important for former service members to know there is someplace they can turn if they are facing a mental health emergency — whether it means urgent care at a VA emergency department, a Vet Center or through the Veterans Crisis Line.
Video: PTSD Awareness
Published on Jun 30, 2017
There are many misconceptions about Veterans and PTSD. Understanding what we really know can help Veterans connect with the services they need to live a better life. Clinical Research Psychologist, Dr. Suzanne McGarity from the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention describes what research shows about Veterans and PTSD.
Learn more a the National Center for PTSD
Learn about PTSD from Veterans at AboutFace
After a trauma or life-threatening event, reactions such as upsetting memories, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping are common. When these reactions do not go away or worsen, then Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be present. Veterans and Servicemembers are at an elevated risk for PTSD. Various factors contribute to PTSD including combat situations which can add more stress to an already stressful situation. Another cause of PTSD in the military can be military sexual trauma (MST) which, can happen to both men and women and can occur during peacetime, training, or war.
VA’s National Center for PTSD invites you to Raise PTSD Awareness during the month of June to help those with PTSD. We encourage everyone to learn, connect, and share with others:
- Learn about PTSD Basics such as causes, symptoms and, PTSD Treatment
- Connect to services if you think you or someone you know has PTSD.
- Share with us on Facebook or Twitter and Join our PTSD Awareness campaign! We have tips and materials to help you organize an event or share information about PTSD and effective treatments.
To join in and learn more visit Help Raise PTSD Awareness at www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness/