Mental Health Advocates Call for Change in Military Culture

A NAMI rally in Seattle on Thursday when the “Parity for Patriots” report was released. Photo courtesy of NAMI Facebook.

One in five active duty military personnel have experienced symptoms of depression, PTSD or another mental health condition according to an advocacy group’s new report, Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, is advocating for the military to recognize psychological wounds such as post traumatic stress disorder with a Purple Heart, the medal given for receiving a combat wound.

The organization’s report also calls for:

  • Accountability at all command levels for suicide prevention
  • Eliminating the stigma associated with seeking mental health care
  • Increasing service capacity within the VA system
  • Fully implementing the 2008 mental health insurance parity law
  • Americans to “reach out, listen and care” to help veterans in need

You can read the full “Parity for Patriots” report HERE.


2 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on veterans news 3.0.

  2. Important reflections and requests, relate to a big health problem, a problem not limited or possible to limit, for his consequences, diverse soldier by soldier. All war stress are diversly lived and their ripercusssion have a big amplitude, this make difficult have a care standard. they need pharmacologic care, but, the more important care is affect, social integration, comphrension of their irritability that is not gevernable, acceptation. Why attache a stigma to a health problem? And why to those who have served us? I am with you, my brothers, my thougths and my prayers are for you. claudio alpaca

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