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Mental Health

How County Veterans Service Officers can help: It is our desire to help Veterans and their family find the right help for what is going on in their lives. This can be as simple as finding a peer, or could be inpatient treatment, or something in-between. County Veterans Service Officers have many resources that can assist Veterans and their family. Contact us today for assistance.

Mental health today can be a big issue. We as Veterans may not want to admit that there may be an issue. Remember you are not alone in dealing with mental health issues. Mental health affects us all differently

How do you know if you have a mental health problem? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Since the brain and body affect one another, mental problems can cause physical problems along with changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior. In addition to commonly recognized emotional problems, like feeling very sad or nervous, symptoms and signs of mental health problems can include:

  • changes in sleep, appetite, weight, or sex life
  • headaches or other physical pain
  • muscle tension and weakness
  • decreased energy, motivation, or interests
  • problems with attention, concentration, or memory
  • irritability, anger, or “short temper”
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
  • unhealthy behaviors (misusing drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or other behaviors like gambling or spending too much money to cope with stress or emotions)
  • problems functioning at home, work, or school

The most important thing to remember is to talk with your primary care or mental health provider when you notice new symptoms or problems. Your health care team can help you figure out what’s going on and what to do about it.

One of the most common psychological challenges experienced by both service members and their families include fears for the safety of the service member, feeling anxious or overwhelmed by deployment-related challenges and responsibilities, worry about children, and vulnerability to additional stressors that might arise (American Psychological Association).

Around-the-Clock Service – Emergency mental health care is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at VA medical centers. If your VA does not have a 24-hour emergency room, it must provide these services through a local, non-VA hospital. Telephone evaluations at VA medical centers and the national crisis hotline are also available 24/7.

Every WAR has its unseen wounds.

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