For the month of August, Deployed Love is dedicated to connecting military spouses to as many resources as possible. One type of resource that seems to be dimmed, is the resource for mental health services. Regardless of how long you have been a spouse, there are always new challenges that you can face, some that hit harder than others at the worst times.
For some, the stigma of anything that deals with mental health seems taboo. These mental health resources are here for a reason, and many spouses utilize them daily. You can too! Openly discussing mental health helps break down that stigma surrounding mental illness while also reminding us that help is available 27/7. You are never alone.
There are several ways to treat mental illness effectively, and you can easily live a normal lifestyle by learning how to manage mental health symptoms. By openly sharing how we feel and talking about mental health daily, more military spouses and their families may seek professional help.
Here are some amazing resources dedicated to the military families and members:
‘Need support for issues like preparing for a move or nurturing a relationship with a deployed spouse? The Military and Family Life Counseling Program assists service members, their families and survivors with flexible non-medical counseling when and where needed. Military and family life counselors are highly-qualified professionals trained to understand the unique challenges you encounter and deliver face-to-face counseling services, as well as briefings and presentations to the military community both on and off the installation.’
Moving Forward is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches problem-solving skills to help you to better handle life’s challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, service members and their families.
Free, confidential, online screenings for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD and other conditions.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat by texting to 838255.