Mental Health is a major issue in the United States. Soldiers returning from service are at even worse risk especially if they went to war. Most of these cases are left un treated, wether it be by the uneven access to appropriate mental health services, or by ex service members with low income wages not being able to pay for the high cost of supplemental health insurance plans. A number of veterans experience depression, loss of purpose, overwhelming family crisis, and more. These conditions lead to substance abuse, homelessness, and suicide. Suicide deaths is considerably high in the veteran population, whereas more than 6,000 veterans have killed themselves each year since 2008. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that at least 500,000 soldiers suffer serious emotional problems, and approximately 20 die by suicide every day. Of those 20, officials say that an estimated 14 are not receiving regular care from the VA, and they struggle to find a solution as the percentage of suicide continues to increase year over year. Veterans that do not rely primarily on the VA health care systems to address their mental health needs once they return home from combat, do not have easy access to critical crisis-intervention services. This is why Those In Need Charities, Inc, a non-profit organization located in Miami, Florida is creating The Soldiers Mind project. With the help from the local Vet Center we will gain access to soldiers returning home from service and offer mental health services free of charge. We will provide for six months one on one with one of our volunteer counselors, and access to group sessions afterwards. With these sessions it will help the transitioning soldier deal with the struggles of coming back into the civilian life, and try to identify, and treat any mental health issues they may have. I myself am an OIF/OEF Iraq Veteran, and understand the troubles one faces trying to adjust to life outside of the military. This is why our team has decided to devote ourselves to helping our hero’s. With the donations we will secure a facility with staff, and connect with our volunteer counselors to begin assisting our vets. They deserve our help after the sacrifices they made to defend our freedom. I pray that you will donate to our cause and help us battle mental health in our veterans. Together we can make a difference, together we can save a veterans life.
If you or a veteran you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255