In the field of mental health it is easy to forget that some issues are completely hidden. There are thousands who suffer in silence without ever getting the help that they need, this is particularly true of our veterans. The unique trauma that is caused during war is measured years after the soldier’s return. It is not uncommon for a relative of a World War II veteran to say that the war was not a topic that was ever discussed. The “Greatest Generation” is notorious for being tight lipped about what went on “over there”. It seems these days, the vets who return are able to get more comprehensive help for PTSD than the previous generations but it is still an issue. The rate of veterans committing suicide is still way too high and the mental health community is trying to deal with it.
According the Military Times the rate by which veterans die by their own hand, is around 20 per day. (The commonly held belief that that number is 22 per day was dispelled recently.) It is still way too high, way too tragic for these soldiers who defended our freedom. The article states that a common factor with the suicides is not using the V.A. services offered. Which may mean that getting help for mental health problems offers an increase in the positive mental health of our military.
Ultimately, however, it is up to the individual to seek out the help needed. Just like alcoholism is a disease that is self-diagnosed, so too are many mental health problems. The key to living with a mental health issue is seeking treatment and at Wendy Iglehart Psychotherapy, we are here to listen, help and provide a safe place. So If you feel like you need someone to talk to please give us a call