Posted on: November 11, 2019 Time to read: 2 minutes
Yesterday was Veterans Day. From everyone at 3rd Millennium Classrooms, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is serving or has served in the armed forces for your dedication and service to our country! We are forever indebted to the sacrifices you have made while serving.
This kind of service can take a toll on the body and mind:
According to a recent study, 7.1% of veterans have a substance abuse disorder.
In 2016, 1.5 million of the 5.5 million of the veterans seen in VA hospitals had a mental health diagnosis.
On average, at least 21 veterans die each day from suicide.
Rates of depression are 5 times higher in the military community than amongst civilians and PTSD rates are 15 times higher.
These numbers point to the fact that we need to take the mental health of our veterans more seriously. Transitioning from active duty to civilian life can be complicated for many reasons, but mental health should not be one of them.
Here are five resources for Veterans who may be dealing with mental health issues: