Veterans Mental Health

veterans mental health

May is a confluence of three specific observances – Mental Health Awareness Month, Armed Forces Day (May 18), and Memorial Day (May 27). These should encourage us to focus on the mental health challenges faced by active-duty service members and veterans.

Texas is home to multiple military bases and is one of the states with the most total active-duty and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces. Amend Wellness is proud to serve this population’s unique needs with tailored programming.

What Mental Health Challenges Do Veterans Face?

Veterans often carry the weight of unique experiences that can lead to severe mental health conditions. Military service is a high-stress career involving long separations from family, life-or-death decisions, and serving in combat, all of which can contribute to mental health struggles. The constant readiness and physical demands, combined with the cultural stigma within some military communities about seeking mental health support, can exacerbate emotional difficulties.

  1. Post-traumatic stress disorder: Many veterans experience PTSD, a condition triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, severe anxiety, vivid nightmares, avoidance, and emotional numbness.
  2. Military sexual trauma: Sexual harassment or assault experienced during military service can have profound and long-lasting effects, often leading to severe psychological repercussions. MST survivors need sensitive and specialized care to regain a sense of safety and trust.
  3. Anxiety and depression: Active-duty service members, particularly those deployed in combat zones, may experience higher rates of depression and anxiety compared to the general population.

These issues highlight the need for specialized care that can effectively address and treat the complex mental health challenges faced by those who have served.

Specialized Treatment for Military Veterans

Veterans require care that acknowledges and treats the unique aspects of military-related mental health issues. At Amend Wellness, we can help with our comprehensive services. Our experienced team uses evidence-based treatments to improve our clients’ emotional and psychological well-being.

When you arrive at our Texas healing retreat, you will receive a detailed assessment of all facets of your mental and physical health, which we will use to customize the care you receive throughout your stay with us.

Recognizing that the VA can sometimes become overwhelmed with the demand for mental health services, the VA Community Care Network allows veterans to access care from approved providers outside the VA system. Amend Wellness is proud to be an approved provider within this network, offering a seamless continuation of care for veterans who cannot have their needs met directly by the VA. We can provide timely, specialized treatments to veterans, ensuring you receive the highest quality of care without undue delays or bureaucracy.

Experience a Comprehensive Mental Health Retreat

Veteran mental health is a priority that demands specific attention. At Amend Wellness, we promise to provide our veterans with the support they need to manage the ups and downs of post-service life. During Mental Health Awareness Month and throughout the year, we honor our veterans’ sacrifices by dedicating ourselves to their mental and emotional well-being. Please reach out to us today to learn more about our programs and amenities.