Doctor talks about mental health among war veterans

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Mental health is a concern among veterans of war.

Studies have found veterans are much more likely to commit suicide than civilians.

Craig Bryan, executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, was in studio Monday to talk about mental health among veterans.

The National Center for Veteran Studies in conjunction with Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association, the American Hitmen and The Royal Bar will hold a ride and concert to raise money to further research and sponsor treatment for veterans through the NCVS.

This event will include a ride to various Veteran Memorials in the Salt Lake Valley as well as a concert at the Royal Bar featuring the American Hitmen.

For more information on the fundraiser visit, http://www.utahrideplanner.com/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=643

Watch the full interview in the video above.

2 comments

  • Terrazzo

    The problem is that there is no mental health amoung the mental health providers at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. Most of the mental health professionals are in Theraphy for their own problems! Plus the attached stigma is so much that only the looney tunes go for help.

  • Manuel Guevara

    Greetings,
    I am a combat Veteran. I deployed in 2005 with the 25th infantry division in Hawaii to Kirkuk Iraq. Overall I spent 14 years in the United States Army before being medically discharged. With that said I do appreciate the efforts of Dr. Craig Bryan and the National Center for Veterans Studies. The work that is done by the agency is formidable. I agree with their ideology of Veterans suffering with mental/emotional health issues. However, in contrast I feel that what a service member does in country is NOT the determining factor of the outcome in the individual’s mental/emotional health. There are numerous factors needing attention. For instance; a female service member who leaves her family behind to deploy to a zone which exhibits circumstances in which she may experience and abundance of cruel realities of war. This individual does not necessarily have to be an infantry member; however seeing how close to death she is can cause a sense of disturbance in her emotions. The uncertainty of the next breath of air in my opinion does a great deal of damage in one’s mental/emotional health. Taking the same example, how about if this service member feels she could have done more and carries a sense of guilt towards her deployment due to her feelings of not have done enough. As an American Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airmen we carry a huge sense of pride in the idea of doing our duty to the fullest capacity possible at all times. How about considering the service member who did not deploy for X and Y reasons. Is this member not exposed to mental/emotional issues? Being uncertain to the where and when it is one’s turn to do one’s duty, may very well impact the self-worth cognitive process. In all, my intentions is to express that as a combat Veteran I feel all veterans (combat arms or not) (deployed or not) are subjected to deteriorating mental/emotional health. I for one feel that those who did not deploy during their service, endured intensive training which sharpened the way the D.O.D. prepares their members for conflict. I admire those who came before me. Thanks to their training efforts I was able to return home. Nonetheless, I do appreciate Dr. Bryan’s question and efforts. It shows honest concern for veterans.
    Regarding Dr. Bryan’s question of reaching out to those so do not seek help. I have noticed that the Peer Advocacy is a great tool. Not only does it provide employment but it also allows a client to lean on the similar lived experiences. Florida has a certification board that allows a Veteran to become state certified to perform the tasks. I do understand that perhaps it may put both the Peer and the client at risk if the Peer is ill prepared. Therefore I believe that the hiring agency must provide continues support and education to the provider. I myself, personally know a few Peers and admire their levels of dedication to the process of connecting with a Veteran. Also many educated Veterans have founded groups and programs to create, build on, and maintain awareness on this issue as well as provide services to Veterans. The whole “We Take Care of Our Own” spirit. One of these programs is the Veterans Counseling Veterans V.C.V program which I personally am a small part of.

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