Erin Anderson

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mental health, veterans




In the United States. less than half of the veteran population have received screening or diagnosis for mental illness or have received mental health counseling and treatment, resulting in many veterans with severe mental health issues living without a proper diagnosis. Many factors contribute to these statistics, including negative social stigmas surrounding mental health, mistrust of mental health professionals. a lack of publicity and communication about veteran benefits, and limited amount of resources available to treat such a large population. Mental illness at this level impacts not only the quality of life of each veteran but also the livelihood of their families. Studies report that untreated illnesses influence the ever-growing suicide rates, substance use disorder (SUD) reports, and intimate partner violence (IPV) declarations among veterans, their partners, or families. Leading practices for combating this social issue include seamless transitioning from active duty to retirement. with accompanying early screening, diagnosis. and referred treatment.