Do you know someone like my brother’s neighbor? He never backed down from a challenge during his three tours of duty in Afghanistan. After returning home from combat after his third tour, however, his crippling military post traumatic stress disorder began to take its toll. He wondered if he would ever recover. His thoughts ran toward suicide.
His wife and parents wondered what they could do to help.
A FREE 6-SESSION PROGRAM Teaches You How to Help Veterans with PTS
They got special training through a program called NAMI Homefront. It’s a free, six-session program, developed to meet the unique needs of families of our Service Members and Veterans who have lived with mental health conditions.
Family members can get to know the warning signs and what to do when their Veteran is about to have a bad day or having recurring nightmares about her/his tour of duty. Family members will learn to
- Identify and access federal, state and local services and support
- Know why it is important for them to accompany their Veteran to doctor appointments
- Know others in the community who are going through their similar situation
- Share ideas and concerns, and essentially create their own support group.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Get more information about NAMI Homefront.
This guest blog is brought to us by Ron Wilson of NAMI Michigan. He can be reached at 517.853.0952.