Military families face unique challenges that can negatively impact their mental health. Frequent moves, deployments, combat stress, and time away from family are just a few of the many factors that contribute to mental health issues. It’s crucial to recognize and advocate for the mental health needs of our military force to ensure their well-being and readiness.
Mental health disorders are common and can affect millions of people, including members of the military. Anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD are just a few examples of mental illnesses that may be experienced by individuals in the military. Unfortunately, many people with mental illness do not receive the care they need.
It’s important to remember that there is no one way to think, feel or act and it’s okay to seek treatment. Each individual is affected differently and it’s okay to seek help that works for you. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You are not alone and seeking treatment is a sign of strength.