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Mental Health is Health

The Military Health System has many resources available to help service members, families, or veterans who are struggling with mental health challenges.

Military families' lives are generally very different from others. Service members may be subject to frequent relocations, deployments, and stressful experiences due to combat and time away from their families. Families cope with additional stressors when their loved ones are deployed, managing family life on the home front. Traumatic events such as combat, assault, or disasters can have long-lasting negative effects like trouble sleeping, increased anger, nightmares, anxiety, and alcohol and drug abuse. These factors combined with changes we've experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic may weigh on many.

Everyone reacts to stress and traumatic experiences differently, and while some have reactions that can be seen as normal responses to life events, others may experience signs or symptoms of more serious conditions.

Mental Health is Health

Get the Care You Need

TRICARE covers a wide range of mental health services and you can find services locally at your military hospital or clinic and within the military community.

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You are not alone.

If you're concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental illness, you are not alone. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people worldwide. Mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, or more serious illnesses as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, and more. Unfortunately, most people with mental illness do not receive mental health services that they need.

Do what feels right for you.

There isn't one way to think or feel or act. The important thing is to take advantage of all mental health care resources. Remember that every moment in time can affect you and others differently. Treatment is available.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health concern, but is preventable. Everyone reacts to stress and traumatic experiences differently, and while some have reactions that can be seen as normal responses to life events, others may experience signs or symptoms of more serious conditions, including depression, traumatic brain injury, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Those coping with more serious concerns may feel like there is no escape from their difficulties. Read More

The Brandon Act

The Brandon Act honors Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Caserta who died by suicide in 2018. The legislation was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2021, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. On May 5, 2023, DOD issued guidance to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and provide procedures for service members to initiate a referral for a mental health evaluation.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

If you’ve been exposed to a traumatic event like a serious accident, sexual assault, physical abuse, or natural disaster, you might suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. People with PTSD may repeat their ordeals as:

  • Flashback episodes.
  • Memories.
  • Nightmares.
  • Frightening thoughts.

This can happen if they’re exposed to events that remind them of their trauma.

It’s important to know that PTSD can happen to anyone who’s experienced a traumatic event. According to the National Center for PTSD, nearly 12 million people in the U.S. are living with PTSD. Treatment is available, but many don’t get the care they need. Help spread the word by raising awareness about PTSD and the resources available to our DOD community.

 

Military Health System Resources

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

 

inTransition Program

 

Military Crisis Line

 

Military OneSource

 

Psychological Health Resource Center

 

Real Warriors Campaign

 

Military Health System Web Pages

 

Military Hospitals and Clinics

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Breathing techniques

Airmen and Soldiers practice breathing and relaxation during their off duty time in a deployed location. Stress can take its toll on your mental and physical health, including your heart health, but there are breathing techniques to buffer yourself from it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Airmen and Soldiers practice breathing and relaxation during their off duty time in a deployed location. Stress can take its toll on your mental and physical health, including your heart health, but there are breathing techniques to buffer yourself from it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Last Updated: September 22, 2023
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