At least 22 veterans commit suicide every day. That is the number of reported suicides only; it is highly likely that an even greater number go unreported, CNN continues. Why are U.S. soldiers committing suicide after returning from war? Current mental health programs are wildly insufficient. Veterans supporters, however, suggest that there are clear-cut ways to improve these programs. What are they?
Extend The Length of Mental Health Programs
One of the biggest problems with post traumatic stress disorder help programs is that they are simply too short. As of it stands, veterans are eligible for five years of no questions asked mental healthcare. New research shows, however, that it can take wholly five to 12 years for PTSD symptoms — and symptoms of military sexual trauma — to truly manifest. Supporters, including veterans lawyers, advocate lengthening these programs for more adequate care. If you believe that you or your loved one would benefit from long-term care, ask veterans lawyers for legal advice.
Offer Alternatives To Traditional Talk Therapy
With veterans suicide rates steadily climbing, it is time to concede that traditional talk therapy may not be enough. Several researchers are working on alternatives to talk therapy — or, at the very least, programs that would supplement it and help veterans in distinct and unique ways. British scientists, for example, are exploring the positive effects of distraction therapy — specifically in the form of engrossing, yet simple, video games, like Tetris. “Focusing on a highly engaging visual-spatial task, such as playing video games, may significantly reduce the occurrence of flashbacks, the mental images concerning the trauma that intrude on the sufferer afterward,” Live Science explains. Other scientists are exploring immersion therapy through virtual reality programs.
Veterans’ mental health programs are severely lacking. Officials hope to lengthen veterans’ window of eligibility — and offer greater variety for mental health programs. If you or your loved ones need more care, consult a law firm for free legal advice.