Veterans face unique challenges and barriers to care for mental health issues. For active duty Veterans, seeking help is perceived as career-ending. The military is more than a job – it’s family and identity. For retired Veterans, seeking help for mental health problems is just as difficult. When a Veteran chooses to get help, accessing services can mean dealing with multiple levels of bureaucracy.
This can compel Veterans to remain silent and suffer alone.
A seemingly uncontrollable downward spiral of family and financial problems, substance misuse, homelessness, and ultimately, suicide or homicide can follow, if not addressed early enough.
Suicide affects more than one life. Each death by suicide affects families, friends and communities, and can be felt for generations.