In this episode of The Neutral Ground Podcast, I speak with Dr. Tim Overton. We grapple with the reasons why many veterans find it difficult to reach out for help; we discuss the various methods of help that are available for veterans; and we even talk about one of my favorite subjects: the important role that narratives play in building resiliency and purpose. Mental health concerns are never the same from person to person; however, I think we do a good job of trying to understand some of the unique barriers that veterans might face from that of civilians. I was pretty shocked by some of the statistics that Dr. Overton provides for us here regarding rates of suicide, ideation, and how much more they can be reduced through therapy. Dr. Overton is an individual and couples therapist for the Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Widener University. He completed his postdoctoral residency at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Orleans, where he specialized in the treatment of rural and underserved veteran populations. His clinical expertise includes Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for posttraumatic stress disorder and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for depression and anxiety.
You can find Dr. Overton and the rest of the Cohen Veterans Network through the following links:
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If you’re a veteran who is struggling with mental health, or you know someone who is struggling, consider passing on the following information:
We have a list of apps focused on wellness and mental health and another page on relaxation techniques that our therapists often recommend to our clients. I also recommend linking to Military OneSource's list of mental health resources, as well as this resource list from Rand. Finally, CVN has some great educational resources, like their Tools for Stress and Worry - a free online curriculum for military/veteran families.
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine:
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/
Eternal Soldier: https://www.eternalsoldier.org/
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