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Veterans Mental Health

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

Semper Free: Of Hummingbirds and Heroes

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

Years later, I was given a small gift of redemption. I hope sparrows fill heavenly trees and know I meant well and know that I hold to this day the lesson of the hatchling sparrow's unanswerable exit from this plain of existence.

Footprints in the Sand

David Wood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
David Wood

The VA's shortage of therapists and difficulty reaching rural veterans means even those diagnosed may not get all the help they need. But even those who were diagnosed and treated find that at some point, therapy has done all it can do. More sessions won't necessarily help. From that point on, veterans say, their lives become a matter of coping.

We Must Improve Anti-Suicide and Mental Health Care Programs at the VA

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

America's men and women in uniform bravely defend our nation and our values. Their skill, dedication and valor are the envy of the world. When their time in uniform is over, they are entitled to world-class health care, a benefit they've earned and that their country is grateful to provide for them.

Tens Of Thousands More Vets Than Reported Forced To Wait For Help

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans ...

10 Facts You Should Know for Memorial Day

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Memorial Day is so much more than a federal holiday. Here are 10 facts we all should know about Memorial Day and the Americans we honor who died while serving in our country's Armed Forces.

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

The latest scandal out of Washington -- revelations that VA hospitals may have suppressed information about long waiting lists -- serves as another reminder that much work remains when it comes to providing adequate care, including mental health and addiction services, to our veterans.

4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

In working with veterans for the past five years, I have learned a lot about their lives, thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and outcomes. These learnings have reshaped the way I look at homeless veterans, myself and my community.

Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

Kimberly Williams | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.

The True Cost of Blind Patriotism: Despair and Veteran Suicide

William McNulty | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
William McNulty

Today, PTSD is better understood and treated than it has ever been. Why, then, is suicide so much more prevalent in young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan when compared with the general population?

Why Medicine Alone Can't Help Our Veterans

Chrisanne Gordon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Chrisanne Gordon

As a medical professional and a person who has experienced the effects of TBI through personal injury, it is impossible for me to sit idly by when so many of our returning heroes return with injuries which forever change the very ways they think and process information.

Greater Partnerships With Universities, Other Community Resources Needed to Help Veterans

Rep. Patrick Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rep. Patrick Kennedy

As Americans, we have a duty to provide our nation's heroes with the care and resources they need. Health care reform provides an historic opportunity to find new, collaborative approaches that could better serve them.

Why We Need an Institute of War Stress Injury,Recovery, and Social Justice

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

American society has been trapped reliving a pattern of mostly preventable behavioral health crises following every major war since the 20th century.

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

David Wood

Tragedy of Military Suicides Will 'Go On For Many Years,' Army Chief Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact

A tragic milestone was reached last year, when 185 active-duty Army soldiers died by suicide, surpassing the 176 soldiers killed in battle in Afghanis...

WATCH: Iraq War Vet Recounts His Breaking Point

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.03.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Approximately 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, an 11 percent increase from 2007. Problems readjusting to civilian life, along w...

Huffington This Week: Just Ask

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, we launch "Invisible Casualties," a month-long series that examines the ever-growing -- but not widely discussed -- issue of suicide in the military.

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

Wartime PTSD: What Works and How to Care for a Loved One

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences issued "Treatment for PTSD in Military and Veteran Populations (Initial Assessment)" after reviewing Department of Defense and VA data on prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of PTSD.

What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows.

Building and Strengthening Connectedness to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Kimberly Williams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Kimberly Williams

As individuals and community members, we all have an important role in helping our veterans to feel more connected to their communities, their families, their work and play, in ways that bring some sense of worth and meaning to their lives.

Mental Health Care For Veterans Often Fragmented

Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 05/31/2013 08:18 AM EDT on LiveScience For veterans with mental health condition...

A Really Good Question

Jeff Hensley | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Jeff Hensley

The vast majority of these are worthy and noble endeavors, showing veterans their service is appreciated. And yet, far too many veterans struggle with the transition to civilian life. With all these organizations offering help, how can this be?

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

5 Growing Problems Veterans Face (And What's Being Done)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

Ten years after the U.S. first invaded Iraq, returning troops are filing for disability benefits, seeking education and employment assistance and stru...