Keeping Our Veterans Mentally Healthy

November 11 is Veteran’s Day 

Every November 11, we honor all of the veterans who fought for our country so we can be safe. This is a celebration that honors America's veterans for their acts of patriotism and selflessness regardless of what branch of the military they served in or what battle they fought. 

Due to the challenging situations experienced by those serving in the military, mental health issues are prevalent and can include PTSD, traumatic brain injury or depression,” said Nicole Romanelli, LAC, Outpatient Therapist, Acenda Counseling & Wellness Centers. 

Here are 4 ways you can help our veterans: 
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1. Take the time to talk to a veteran and show your support.  Many of our veterans are struggling, both physically and mentally.  Showing that you care and to be there to listen is so important.  If they require counseling, offer to go with for reinforcement. 

2. Volunteer or donate to a veteran’s center.  There are many programs and services in your local community that you can support. 

3. Deliver a meal or groceries to a veteran.  Perhaps they are disabled or don’t have transportation.  This act of kindness will be appreciated. 

4. Know the warning signs of suicide. Suicide is prevalent so take note of warning signs. According to NAMI, “On average, 17 veterans a day die by suicide.  If a veteran says they are feeling suicidal, it’s something that must be taken seriously Speak with them about their thoughts and get them help from a mental health professional as soon as possibleYou can also share the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255) with them.  Help is available 24/7. 

Supporting the mental health needs of our veterans, whether it be helping a family member, loved one, or volunteering at a veteran’s center is a wonderful way to reach out and say thank you for their service.  Romanelli added, "The best way to support our veterans is to listen to them, notice any changes in their behavior that may seem different than before, and encourage them to seek out a mental health professional who can help. 

If you are a veteran, or know a veteran that is dealing with mental health challenges, Acenda’s Heros for Hope program is here to help. Our clinicians are trained to help our returning heroes cope with the stresses and challenges unique to veterans and their families. Whether it’s adjusting to being in a parenting role again or dealing with trauma, we are trained to meet your needs. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information.