Mental health of veterans and active military discussed in latest Heads Up Dartmouth Health webinar
LEBANON – Dartmouth Health has published the latest webinar in its series, Heads Up: A Year-Long Mental Health Awareness Journey. This month, expert panelists discuss the topic “mental health of veterans and active military.” The video can be viewed on the Dartmouth Health YouTube page.
This segment features Evan Bick, PsyD., an Army veteran and a mental health provider at Dartmouth Health, and Patrick Jordan III, an Army veteran and the Chief Operating Officer of Dartmouth Health. Together, they discuss the unique and common mental health challenges facing veterans and active military members. The webinar series is moderated by Dartmouth Health Senior Media Relations Manager Audra Burns.
Bick says the culture of the military can sometimes make it difficult to talk about mental health problems, and addressing some of the issues servicemembers may be struggling with, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
“One thing that can make it a little bit easier for people to reach out for mental health support is recognizing in the military, we as healthcare providers talk a lot about physical fitness and physical health, and…mental fitness is part of your overall health,” Bick said.
The panel also explores how to catch signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, the evolving culture of stigma in the military and the resources available to veterans who seek help.
In partnership with the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Seacoast Media Group, The Heads Up series is a mental health awareness campaign that provides online resources, offers fresh perspectives and highlights community events on mental health-related topics.
To learn more about the Heads Up Series, resources on mental health or to view past newspaper feature articles and webinars, visit go.d-h.org/mental-health.