Mental Health Updates: August 2022

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August 2022

As You Support the Veteran in Your Life, VA Is Here To Support You

As a family member or friend of a Veteran with a mental health challenge, you can play an important role in their recovery. People who are close to a Veteran are often the first to notice that they are facing a mental health challenge. Letting the Veteran know you’re there for them can help start a conversation about their well-being.

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Learn About PTSD and Treatment Options

The experience of a traumatic event — such as a car accident, an IED blast, military sexual trauma, or the death of a fellow Service member — may continue to trouble you weeks, months, and even years later. The symptoms and effects of posttraumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, can disrupt your everyday life. If you think you might have PTSD, know that there are resources to help you recover.

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Learn About Opioid Use and Naloxone

Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Using opioids, whether as prescribed or illegally, comes with a significant risk of overdose. If you or a family member uses opioids, you should have naloxone on hand. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. When used immediately after an overdose, naloxone can block the effects of the opioids and help prevent death.

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Learn About Bipolar Disorder and Treatment Options

Veterans with bipolar disorder can experience a range of symptoms, including noticeable swings in energy, mood or hours of sleep needed. Bipolar disorder involves distinct periods of unusually high energy lasting for at least several days, often accompanied by an overly good mood; these episodes are often followed by longer periods of feeling low or depressed. No matter what you are experiencing, helpful treatments and resources are available at VA.

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Maintain Your Mental Health and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s normal to experience stress, fear, anxiety or feelings of depression in difficult times, and it’s likewise important to take care of yourself, including your mental health. There are things that you can do to manage your stress and anxiety, such as taking breaks from the news and participating in activities you enjoy. For resources on managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19, connect with VA providers through telehealth options.

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VA Can Help You Improve Your Mental Health

As a Veteran, you may have experienced difficult life events or challenges since leaving the military. We’re here to help no matter how big or small the problem is. VA has resources to address the unique stressors that Veterans may face — and we’re just a click, call, text or chat away.

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VA Can Help You Improve Your Mental Health