May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of mental health and promote the well-being of our active-duty military, post-service veterans, and their spouses. Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, affecting our thoughts, emotions, and ability to cope with daily challenges.
In the military and veteran communities, mental health concerns can be especially significant due to the unique stresses and challenges faced by service members and their families, including deployments, combat exposure, and transitioning to civilian life. Many of the challenges stemming from service can carry through into later years of post service life as veterans and can take many years to understand or adjust for the best quality of life.
At Us4Warriors, we understand the importance of mental health support for our military and veteran communities. While our organization does not provide direct mental health services, we are dedicated to connecting our service members, veterans, and their families with the resources they need.
For active-duty military, we recommend Military One Source (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/mental-health/), which offers a range of mental health support services, including the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1) or online chat via text at 838255.
For post-service veterans, the VA Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) is an invaluable resource specifically tailored to their needs. Additionally, the 24/7 crisis line accessible by dialing 988 and pressing 1 is available to all, including loved ones of military and veterans. Text support is also available by texting 838255.
At Us4Warriors, we believe that everyone deserves the best quality of life, and mental health is a vital component of that life. This National Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage our military, veteran, and spouse communities to prioritize their mental health and seek support when needed. Reach out to the resources mentioned above, and remember that you are not alone. Together, we can create a strong, healthy, and resilient military and veteran community.