The Military Health System provides a wide range of resources to support service members, families, or veterans facing mental health challenges. Military families have a unique lifestyle that includes frequent relocations, deployments, and stress due to combat and time away from their loved ones. Traumatic events such as combat, assault, or disasters can also have long-lasting negative effects on mental health. It is crucial to recognize and prioritize the mental health needs of our military force for their well-being and readiness. Seeking help is a sign of strength and a vital component of individual performance and overall readiness.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, remember that you are not alone. Mental health disorders affect millions of people worldwide. These disorders can include anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, or more severe illnesses such as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD. Unfortunately, many people with mental illness do not receive the care they need. It’s important to remember that everyone has different ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. It’s okay to ask for help that feels right for you and seek treatment without shame or fear.