Serving the Unsung Heroes: Mental Health Awareness Month 

May 16, 2023

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let us stand together to raise awareness, break the stigma, and ensure that our nation’s heroes receive the care and support they deserve. They have bravely served our country, and now it’s our turn to serve them

During the month of May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to the importance of mental health and well-being for everyone, including our nation’s veterans. Many of our brave servicemen and women face unique challenges as they transition to civilian life, particularly when it comes to mental health. 

According to the Empowered Veteran Index, approximately 45% of post-9/11 veterans experience challenges with mental health or substance abuse. The Department of Veterans Affairs also reports that around 20% of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Transitioning to civilian life can be a daunting task for many veterans, with obstacles ranging from finding employment to adjusting to a new daily routine. Volunteering with us helps combat social isolation, a significant contributing factor to mental health challenges among veterans. By working together on service projects, veterans build camaraderie, share experiences, and foster a renewed sense of purpose. We hope to bridge this gap by providing valuable resources, training, and networking opportunities, ensuring that veterans are equipped to succeed in their post-military lives. 

Take the first step towards improving their mental well-being. Here are some practical tips and resources to consider: 

  • Seek professional help: Reach out to a mental health professional or seek support through the VA’s mental health services, which offer a range of treatments tailored to the unique needs of veterans. 
  • Practice self-care: Prioritize activities that promote relaxation and stress relief, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time outdoors. 
  • Reach out to others: Share your experiences with friends, family, or a support group, as discussing your feelings can help alleviate emotional burdens. 
  • Educate yourself: Learn more about mental health conditions, their symptoms, and available treatments, so you can better understand your situation and make informed decisions. 
  • Connect with The Mission Continues: Sign up for one of our many volunteer programs or opportunities to find camaraderie, purpose, and a sense of belonging among fellow veterans. 

The Mission Continues is not a direct healthcare provider and does not offer or provide medical, clinical, or healthcare services, including but not limited to diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice. The information provided by TMC is intended for general informational purposes only.