In the state of Connecticut, at least one veteran takes his or her own life each day on average. A new law seeks to address the mental health needs of these men and women. The new state legislation requires each town to have a person designated as the primary contact for veterans in need. This means that Connecticut veterans in towns like Norwich, CT, will have better access to mental health care, especially in crisis situations. The training of these designated community advocates began in October 2013.
The Effects of Trauma
When an individual experiences a traumatic event, they may feel unsafe, disconnected to life or numb. Many individuals can return to normal after a period of time. For those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the effects of the trauma are lasting. In the most severe cases, the person may lose hope of ever being able to get past their trauma and may contemplate suicide. The good news is that mental health treatment can provide relief for the individual in a number of ways:
- Treatment allows the individual to explore the trauma and their emotions in a safe environment.
- The individual learns how to control their memories of the trauma and their reactions to it.
- Counselors teach skills to help the individual cope with problems caused by PTSD such as relational issues.
Mental health issues should not be taken lightly. If left untreated, mental health disorders will continue to negatively affect a person’s entire life. To help someone you love in Norwich to reach out for the assistance they need to deal with their issues, call to speak to an admissions coordinator today.