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About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

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IN CASE OF A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY: CALL 911

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS:

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  1-800-273-TALK (8255)


FOR A NON-LIFE-THREATENING BUT URGENT MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS:

Call the Pierce County Crisis Line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 800-576-7764

Crisis Text Line: crisistextline.org – text 741741 (mobile fees waived)

LGBTQ Trevor Project Support Center: 1-866-488-7386
www.thetrevorproject.org

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-273-8255

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. If you are having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.

Mental Health Concerns

There are three primary mental health concerns that you may encounter serving in the military.

  • Postraumtic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don’t go away, it could be PTSD. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD to be 15 times higher than civilians.
  • Depression. More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn’t mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply “just get over.” Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of depression to be five times higher than civilians.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings.

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Active and retired members of the armed forces do not necessarily have to go through the VA to get assistance for PTSD and other related issues.


Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
To speak confidentially with a Vet Center Counselor at any time around the clock call:

877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)


Programs

Programs like NAMI Homefront and related programs like Make the Connection provide much-needed help for veterans and for those who treat them and their families.

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