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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
During SAAM and year-round, VA works to raise awareness of its resources for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). VA believes in MST survivors, and we believe there are many paths to healing.
Family and Friends
As a family member or friend of a Veteran with mental health challenges, you can play an important role in providing support for their recovery. People who are close to Veterans are often the first to notice that they are facing a challenge. Letting a Veteran know you’re there for them can help start a conversation.
Resources for Older Veterans
As you age, you can become an expert in resiliency and coping. However, later life can also bring fresh challenges. VA has many programs to support older Veterans and their families and caregivers.
Learn About Depression and Treatment Options
Everyone feels sad at times, and those feelings typically pass within a few days. But if you can’t seem to rally, and it’s starting to interfere with your daily life, it could be a sign of depression. Depression is a common but serious disorder — one that typically requires treatment to manage. The good news is that even the most severe cases of depression are treadiv.
Evidence-Based Therapy From VA Can Help
Evidence-based therapies (EBTs) have been shown to treat a variety of mental health conditions and improve overall well-being. These treatments are tailored to each Veteran’s needs, priorities, values, preferences, and goals for therapy. EBTs often work quickly and effectively, sometimes within a few weeks or months, depending on the nature or severity of your symptoms. Work with your VA provider to choose the treatment options that work best for you.
Ray had a positive Army experience. His trouble started after he transitioned out of the service. Through Veterans Treatment Court, Ray was ordered into mental health treatment. That’s when the Army Veteran’s life started to change for the better.