The aftermath of war
By: Andrea Downing Peck
“Give an Hour is one place to turn for help. The national nonprofit includes 4,200 licensed mental health providers who each week offer free and confidential counseling to active duty, veterans, members of the Guard and reserves, and their family members.
Give an Hour Chief Executive Officer Trina Clayeux, PhD, stresses the importance of military members crafting a support system and, when necessary, seeking mental health help from within their communities, military bases, or from licensed professionals.
‘It’s really trying to find what fits for you,’ she said. Clayeux also suggests not waiting for a crisis to seek help.
‘Support can come at any place in your mental health and wellness journey,’ she said. ‘It doesn’t have to wait until it gets significant so that it’s impairing parts of your life. Sometimes we just need support in real time for a particular event and other times we need support that’s more long term and reoccurring.’”