The Military Health System (MHS) offers a comprehensive range of resources to support service members, families, or veterans who are dealing with mental health challenges. Military families often face unique challenges such as frequent relocations, deployments, and stress due to combat and time away from their loved ones. These experiences can have long-lasting negative effects on mental health.
It is essential to recognize the importance of addressing mental health needs for the well-being and readiness of our military force. Seeking help is a sign of strength and an essential element of individual performance and overall readiness.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, know that you are not alone. Mental health disorders affect millions of people worldwide, including anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and more severe illnesses such as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD. Many people with mental illness do not receive the care they need due to stigma or lack of access to resources.
However, it’s important to remember that there isn’t one way to think, feel or act. It’s okay to seek treatment that feels right for you. Every individual is affected differently by mental health issues, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help if needed.