Due to the nature of their service and unique challenges, military veterans are at higher risk of experiencing mental health issues, specifically Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Such issues can potentially push a veteran on the verge of mental health crisis and, subsequently, suicide.
According to The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), “In 2019, the suicide risk for veterans was 1.5 times higher than that of non-veterans.”
Considering a significant rise in suicide cases among veterans, VA has accredited September as suicide prevention month, particularly for veterans. Primrose Healthcare Solutions are providing help in multiple ways to preserve and promote the mental health of veterans.
Causes of higher PTSD and suicide rates among veterans:
Many risk factors are associated with the development of PTSD, leading to suicide among military personnel. These factors may include the following:
- Adverse previous life events such as sexual assaults, abuse, or traumatic childhood memories.
- Exposure to deaths and injuries as a soldier, you have to face all these traumas in front of your eyes.
- Specific military characteristics related to military ranks, occupation, and branch.
- The female gender is more exposed to gender stereotypes and gender bias.
- Deployment history and stressors. In the previous years, those veterans deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq had higher suicide and PTSD rates.
Moreover, low education, less accessibility to social services, distance from family, loss of colleagues during the war, and many other factors can also be responsible for a substantial rise in PTSD and suicide rates in veterans.
When should a veteran seek help from mental health services like Primrose?
Following are some alarming signs upon which one should seek help from mental health services for assessment and treatment plans.
- Recurrent and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event
- Avoidance of things that can remind the memories of traumatic events.
- Irritability, anger, and persistent emotionally reactive mood.
- Negative thoughts about yourself or the world.
- Persistent feelings of shame, guilt, or fear.
How does Primrose help?
Primrose has well-trained mental health professionals who work on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other psychotherapies to preserve veterans’ mental health.
They help the veterans in multiple ways, such as
- Encouraging the veterans to move on in life. For this, they promote exercising, good dietary habits, swimming, running, and other routine activities.
- Reconnecting them emotionally. One cannot forget the memories only by avoiding them. It is essential to reconnect your emotions first so that you get healed later.
- Broadening the social circle by promoting participation in PTSD support groups and volunteering. It helps to share inner thoughts and traumatic memories with other people.
- Assessing and recovering the survivor’s guilt by psychotherapeutic measures, including open-ended conversations and counseling.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This can also help in letting off the traumatic memories.
We at Primrose are ready to forward a helping hand for the veterans to preserve their mental health.
Should you need any assistance, feel free to contact us or visit our facility.