Veteran Support Group, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the Month at 6:00 PM via Zoom
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with mental illness (46.6 million as of 2017).
More than 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in the fiscal year 2018.
The VA publishes numerous statistics on Veteran's mental health. Their research has found that:
- Veterans are no more likely than non-Veterans to have depression or anxiety. Veterans have more experience in combat, stress, and trauma in their lives than non-veterans. However, research from the VA shows that Veterans and non-Veterans are just as likely to experience a range of anxiety disorders. 11% of Veterans reported elevated rates of depression, compared to 12.8% of non-veterans. 9.9% of Veterans reported elevated levels of anxiety compared to 12.3% of non-veterans.
- Depression is the most common and costly mental health complication. In 2008, the VA estimated that 1 in 3 Veternas visiting primary care clinics had some symptoms of depression; 1 in 5 had serious symptoms; 1 in 8 had symptoms of major depression.
- The prevalence of PTSD in Veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan is about 11-20%.
- 1.1 million Vets treated in a VA PACT between 2010-2011 were diagnosed with one of five mental illnesses - depression, PTSD, substance use disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
Warriors Welcome: A peer-run veterans support & discussion group.
A no-cost, judgment-free, veteran-facilitated discussion zone for military veterans to seek support from their peers.
Discussion topics include:
- Self-care & wellness
- Family & relationships
- Adjusting to civilian life
Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 6:00 pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 893 8115 9546
Call-In Option: +1 (929) 205-6099
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/WarriorsWelcomeNJ
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For more information, contact Jaime Angelini: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a program of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.