What do the words “mental health” mean to you? For some, these words bring to mind symptoms and conditions — struggles with anxiety, insomnia, anger, isolation, depression.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mental health can also mean reconnecting with a son or daughter, realizing you don’t need alcohol and moving on, regaining confidence and going back to school, acing an interview and landing your dream job. Every day, Veterans prove that mental health means building a stronger you.
This May, in observance of Mental Health Month, VA will highlight the life-changing outcomes and the possibilities that stem from mental health treatment. Whether you’re a Veteran sharing your story, a family member providing support, or a friend lending a hand, focusing on these positive outcomes can be a powerful way to provide encouragement and shape how Veterans and our entire nation thinks about treatment when they’re facing mental health challenges.
There’s Kionte, a Marine Corps Veteran, who’s now climbing mountains. He overcame the depression that developed after he lost part of his right leg in Afghanistan. There’s Linda, who went back to school, earned her master’s degree and now works for VA. She overcame PTSD after working as a combat trauma nurse in both the Army and the Air Force.
We encourage you to share these stories this May and visit MakeTheConnection.net/mhm to see what mental health has really meant to so many other Veterans. You can also help get the word out on your social media accounts. Join our Thunderclap and on May 10, you can use the power of social media to participate in a nationwide call to action. Sign up at our May is Mental Health Month Thunderclap page.