Did you know that 18 veterans commit suicide every day?
- That shocking number was included in an April report about the U.S. Army/National Institute of Mental Health study conducted to identify the causes of rising suicide rates among soldiers.
- The same report found the rate of suicide attempts is lower among veterans aged 19-29 who are receiving services compared to those who are not currently receiving care.
- While the VA is addressing this issue through specific programs and a dedicated suicide prevention hotline for veterans, it is important to note that there also are other services available for veterans to help lower this tragic rate.
Access to Care Makes a Difference!
Metropolitan Family Services Offers Veteran’s Access to Mental Health Services
- As of July 1 of this year, Metropolitan Family Services’ has been approved to accept Tricare military insurance for veteran mental health outpatient services offered at its Southeast Chicago, Palos Hills and Blue Island locations.
- Counseling and psychiatric services are provided by licensed clinical professional counselors, clinical social workers, nurses and psychiatrists. We also offer family counseling and support groups because the effects of military life can take a real toll on families and relationships, as well.
One client’s story
Jackie is a 52 year old Air Force veteran who battles with bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She received an early discharge from service after being sexually assaulted by another officer. Jackie struggles with alcohol abuse to cope with the stress and trauma of the assault and a sad history of previous abuses. Jackie came to Metropolitan Family Services because she wanted to receive help closer to her home. Click here to read her story featured featured online in the Tribune.
Don’t forget to thank our Vets today!