Mental Health Updates: December 2021

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December 2021

Families and Friends

As a family member or friend of a Veteran with mental health challenges, you can be an important source of support. Letting a Veteran know you’re there can help start a conversation about seeking treatment. Explore VA’s robust resources created specifically for Veterans’ families and friends.

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VA Creates Older Veterans’ Social Connections Program

The unexpected period of isolation during the past year and a half has made it difficult to maintain existing social connections, much less create new ones. Physical distancing has meant a solitary existence for many, especially older adults, who were at an increased risk of loneliness before distancing began. To decrease social isolation and the associated risk factors, VA created a program to help older Veterans practice behaviors that can enhance their physical, mental, and social well-being.

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VA Resources

Veterans may experience difficult life events or challenges after leaving the military. We’re here to help no matter how big or small the problem may be. VA has resources to address the unique stresses and experiences that you face — and we’re just a click, call, text, or chat away.

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Teacher Helps a Veteran Heal  

When Joseph was 10 years old, his schoolteacher gave him a lifelong gift: a love of science. Years later, that love inspired Joseph to study robotics when he entered the U.S. Navy. After he transitioned out of the military, the same teacher gave him a new gift: healing.

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Are you having trouble thinking clearly or speaking coherently? Do you sometimes suspect you’re hallucinating sights or sounds? These symptoms can be scary, especially at first, but they’re worth looking into, as they may be signs of a mental illness called schizophrenia.

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It is natural to worry and feel anxious about various things, like that work presentation, your growing to-do list, or a relationship. Anxiety can help you address the stressors in your life, and for many people, the feeling motivates them and doesn’t last long. But when persistent worries start affecting your activities relationships, sleep, or workday, it may be time to do something about it.

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