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A Healthy Minds Minute for Veterans & Families from American Psychiatric Association

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Published on Oct 24, 2013

When our troops return from their tours of duty, the homecoming isn't always a happy one. Many of our brave men and women in uniform come home with invisible wounds caused or exacerbated by the psychological stress of deployment. Last year, more U.S. military members died by suicide than from combat.
Members of the military are particularly vulnerable to suicide -- veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 veterans die from suicide. Unfortunately, stigma prevents our troops from getting the mental health care that they need. More than 60 percent of military members who need help suffer in silence because they believe that seeking treatment for mental health concerns would have at least some negative impact on their career. There is no reason that any military member or veteran should suffer in silence
This American Psychiatric Association PSA series hopes to raise awareness about the importance of seeking help for mental health concerns and encouraging loved ones to do the same.

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