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Mental Wellness

 

Many factors enhance our emotional and mental wellness. Explore programs and services, articles and resource to improve your quality of life, mental health and overall wellbeing. 


 
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    Community Services Boards

    A Community Services Board, also known as a Behavioral Health Authority in some communities (CSB/BHA), is a local provider of supports to individuals with mental health challenges, substance use disorders and intellectual disability (ID) and/or developmental disability (DD). CSBs/BHAs provide support coordination/case management for individuals who wish to transition from an institution to the community with Community Living (CL), the Family and Individual Support (FIS), and the Building Independence (BI) Waivers.

    Virginia Veteran & Family Support (VVFS)

    The Virginia Veteran & Family Support (VVFS) is operated statewide by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to monitor and coordinate the delivery of behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services. VVFS proudly serves veterans of any service era who are Virginia residents; members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves not in active federal service; and family members of those veterans and service members. Core services include peer and family support, care coordination, couples workshops, and family retreats.

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    Community Services Boards

    A Community Services Board, also known as a Behavioral Health Authority in some communities (CSB/BHA), is a local provider of supports to individuals with mental health challenges, substance use disorders and intellectual disability (ID) and/or developmental disability (DD). CSBs/BHAs provide support coordination/case management for individuals who wish to transition from an institution to the community with Community Living (CL), the Family and Individual Support (FIS), and the Building Independence (BI) Waivers.

  • We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Servicemember in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone.

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  • Ben King, Founder of Armor Down, offers 20 reasons on why to practice mindfulness.

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  • Members of the armed forces are not immune to the drug and alcohol problems that affect the rest of society. According to a Department of Defense Health Behavior Survey, while illegal drug use has declined, prescription drug abuse and heavy alcohol use have increased.

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  • The Department of Veterans Affairs recently completed a media campaign for its call center “Coaching Into Care,” a telephone service which provides assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues.

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  • Community Services Boards provide an array of emergency, local inpatient, outpatient, case management, day support, employment, residential, and wellness and prevention services to adults with serious mental illnesses, children who have or are at risk of serious emotional disturbance, individuals with intellectual disability or who are receiving Medicaid developmental disability waiver services, or individuals with substance use disorders.

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  • When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him or her. Doctors call this condition “depressive disorder,” or “clinical depression.” It is a real illness. It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.

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  • Mindful Memorial Day was inaugurated in 2014 by Armor Down, a Washington, D.C.-based Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business dedicated to helping our military service members make a successful transition back to civilian life.  Armor Down actively promotes the increased use of mindfulness techniques to help those still suffering and to provide a unique opportunity for veterans and civilians to unite around a shared practice.  

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  • You can take the Connect2Affect Self-Assessment for social isolation for yourself or someone you know. 

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  • This article from Real Warriors provides a general overview of mental health issues faced by veterans and how their caregivers can provide support.

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  • Many veterans have problems with use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. This can include use of street drugs as well as using prescription medications in ways they weren’t prescribed. Such substance use can harm health, cause mood and behavior problems, hurt social relationships, and cause financial problems. 

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  • This 32 page informational guide on depression from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will help you recognize and understand the symptoms, causes and treatments for depression.

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  • The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program provides medical, social, vocational, and rehabilitation therapies to eligible alcohol and drug dependent Veterans. The programs offer various forms of treatment including detoxification, rehabilitation, and psychiatric care. Treatment programs are located in the VA medical centers and clinics.

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