CMHCs Are Invited to Tap VA Resources to Treat Members of the Military
This article was provided to The Advocate by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Make the Connection campaign.
As more service members begin transitioning out of military service, mental health counselors may encounter an increased number of veterans experiencing mental health challenges. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created Make the Connection to help veterans—and the clinicians who support them—find the mental health information and resources they need.
MakeTheConnection.net features hundreds of short videos of veterans and their families, talking about how they recognized challenges, found support, and discovered a path to a better life. The site offers reliable information about mental health and recovery, including:
Make the Connection was created for veterans like April, whose combat deployment in Iraq took a toll. When she returned home, she was proud of her service and happy to be back, but over time she began to feel angry and on edge—and her marriage was affected.
April turned to the VA, where counseling enabled her to open up,
The MakeTheConnection Video Gallery contains 522 videos of service members or their family members talking about their struggles with mental health issues and how they overcame them.
Visitors to the Video Gallery can
browse the collection and sort it for viewing by: male/female, relevant conflict or war, branch of service, combat experience, specific challenging life event or experience, signs and symptoms, mental health condition, and kind of story.
experience exposure therapy, and find ways to manage her posttraumatic stress disorder. Connecting with mental health treatment and support allowed April to heal both herself and her family. Watch the video of April.
Mental health professionals who work with, know, or encounter veterans can help link them to the resources that are right for them.
Explore the area of the MakeTheConnection.net website specifically for clinicians. The information and materials are designed for clinicians who work with veterans to print and distribute to their clients.
You can also:
Clinicians can take advantage of other valuable VA resources as well. The Community Provider Toolkit websitefeatures key tools to support the mental health services that clinicians provide to veterans. Clinicians can find information on connecting with the VA and understanding military culture and experience, as well as
This article was provided to
The Advocateby the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Make the Connection campaign. For information about the portion of the campaign targeted specifically at mental health clinicians, visit:
tools for treating a variety of mental health conditions. (See also the Student Corner article in this issue, on the culture of the military.)
In addition, the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) website contains training materials, information, and tools based on the latest PTSD research to help providers and researchers provide assessment and treatment services to veterans and others.