According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than one in five American adults live with a mental illness. Many of these conditions are common and treatable, yet many people suffer in silence because of the stigma and shame.
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Just as physical fitness is a central part of military life, good mental health is as important for your well-being, and military and family readiness. There are lots of resources available to help anyone who is struggling with mental health challenges.
Address mental health concerns early
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988, then press 1, or access online chat by texting 838255.
By identifying the first signs of a mental health disorder in yourself or in a loved one, you could prevent a mild condition from worsening.
Reaching out is the first step toward recovery. If you are wondering if you have symptoms of a specific mental health condition, you can complete a brief screening tool from the Department of Veterans Affairs and get instant feedback. You can also inquire about medical counseling and treatment programs through TRICARE, the health care program for military members and their families. Use the TRICARE Military Treatment Facility Locator to find a military treatment center near you.
Confidential non-medical counseling, provided by the Military and Family Life Counseling Program and Military OneSource, can help with everyday challenges related to military life, including relocation adjustment, separation, reintegration, relationship issues, parenting skills, communication, anger management, grief, stress, deployment, coping skills, interpersonal skills and occupational or academic issues.
These assessments for PTSD, depression, substance abuse and alcohol use can help you determine if you should seek further evaluation by your physician or a mental health professional.
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Access support for children and youth
Young children and preadolescents may display different signs of mental health issues than those of adults. Watch for changes in school performance, poor grades, hyperactivity, persistent nightmares, disobedience or aggression and frequent temper tantrums.
Child and youth behavioral military and family life counselors understand the issues military children face and can work on self-esteem issues, communication and relationships at home and school, life skills and behavioral issues. Contact TRICARE or your doctor for help with more serious issues.
This brochure outlines the many non-medical counseling options available through the Military and Family Life Counseling Program.
Know about your rights to privacy
Getting help for a mental health disorder is a sign of strength. The Defense Department has taken measures to eliminate negative stereotypes about psychological health problems and any impact to your career for seeking treatment. For example, an applicant for a security clearance cannot be denied based solely on past treatment for a mental health disorder.
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