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July Is Minority Mental Health Month
VA recognizes the stressors that are unique to minority Veterans — both before and after their military service — and the impact that stress can have on their overall health and well-being. This month and all year long, VA is committed to providing minority Veterans with the best possible mental health care.
Learn About Depression and Treatment Options
Depressive disorder can affect anyone. It may be marked by feelings of intense sadness or hopelessness, and some people with depression lose interest or pleasure in activities that they used to enjoy. Depression is a common but serious disorder that typically requires some treatment to manage. The good news is that even the most severe cases of depression are treadiv.
Learn About the Effects of TBI
Motor vehicle crashes. Blasts and explosions. Falls. Many events can deliver a blow or jolt to your head, potentially causing a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Because the brain affects how you think, feel and act, a TBI can affect your mental clarity, physical functions, behaviors and more. The injury also may increase your risk for sleeping problems and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Evidence-Based Therapy From VA Can Help
Evidence-based therapy (EBT) has been shown to improve a variety of mental health conditions and overall well-being. EBT treatments are tailored to each Veteran’s needs, priorities, values, preferences and goals for therapy. They often work quickly and effectively, sometimes within a few weeks or months, depending on the nature or severity of the symptoms. Work with your VA provider to choose the treatment options that work best for you.
Learn About Social Anxiety and Treatment Options
Most people occasionally feel anxious in some social situations, but for people with social phobia, that anxiety is strong and long-lasting. Social phobia can keep people from doing the things they want to do, such as public speaking or attending a crowded event like a concert or a football game.
VA Can Help
No matter what you are experiencing, there is support available. Find the Veteran resources closest to you.