Introduction to Four-Part Series on Veterans, Mental Health, and Practical Ways We Can Help

This month, The Neutral Ground Podcast is going to take on a very serious topic of discussion--a pressing one: veterans and mental health. Often times, this subject can seem overwhelmingly large, especially when we take a look at the current rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicides. However, what I hope to show in my series is that there is hope. There are practical ways that we can help veterans start down a pathway of healing--and it doesn't involve politics, and it doesn't involve budgets. It just involves your time and an open ear. In the conversations to come on the podcast, we're going to speak with people like Amanda Huffman of the Women of the Military podcast and Ben Killoy of the Military Veteran Dad podcast. They will bring their own unique views on how we can help veterans make a smoother transition back to civilian life.  You need not have served to find value in these coming episodes. What we're going to discuss applies to all, because, at the end of the day, these are human problems. Join us on this journey. 

Statistics taken from The National Council: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/topics/veterans/   

If you’re a veteran who is struggling with mental health, or you know someone who is struggling, consider passing on the following information: 

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine links: 

  • Apps that can help: https://www.med.upenn.edu/mfc/mobile_apps.html 
  • Relaxation techniques: https://www.med.upenn.edu/mfc/relaxation-techniques.html 
  • Military One Source: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/mental-health/mental-health-resources

    Rand Social and Economic Well Being: https://www.rand.org/well-being/social-and-behavioral-policy/projects/veterans/resources.html 

    Cohen Veterans Network: https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: https://iava.org/homev3/

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov


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