If you interact with student Veterans in or out of the classroom, you can support their mental health. Understanding the challenges and opportunities that student Veterans face can improve communication and help build trust and understanding, enhancing their academic experience. In addition, connecting student Veterans to the resources they need can make a real difference in their well-being.
Anyone can go through a traumatic event (or trauma). In fact, about half of all men and women will experience at least one trauma, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault, in their lives. It’s normal to think, act, and feel differently than usual after a traumatic experience, but if those reactions don’t improve after a few weeks or months, it may be posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or someone you know is having a difficult time moving past a trauma, take the steps to learn about PTSD and how to get help.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental health concern that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year, and this is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma. Although we all react to a traumatic event, most people see their symptoms and stress lessen over time.
Get Help in Crisis
Numbers for emergency resources such as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1).
It takes Real Strength to Ask For Help
It can be difficult to ask for help or address symptoms of PTSD head-on. But after making the choice to seek help, veterans will wonder why they waited so long.
Families and Friends
- Help for families and friends
Resources to help you take care of yourself while supporting someone with PTSD.
- Coping when a family member goes to war.
The cycle of deployment stress, including pre, during, and post-deployment is difficult for many families, and can be particularly difficult for children.
- Children coping with deployment
The children of Servicemembers can face many challenges when their parent deploys. Get information and resources to help support children whose parent or caregiver has deployed.
Now accepting applications for Fall 2020 Semester! Military & Veteran Services is looking for qualified VA-Benefited students to join our Statesboro, Armstrong, and Liberty Team.