LGBTQ veteran suicide prevention and PTSD

Jul 13, 18 LGBTQ veteran suicide prevention and PTSD
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LGBTQ veteran suicide prevention

Americas heroes and protectors come in many shades, sizes, and orientations. Americans who answer the call and join the armed forces deserve our respect, care, and understanding of their experiences defending the country and the constitution. Veterans Affairs released an article about LGBTQ veteran suicide rates, suicide prevention, and PTSD

Suicide prevention is VA’s highest clinical priority. Our most vulnerable Veteran communities, including LGBT Veterans, face some of the biggest obstacles in seeking help. LGBT Veterans experience depression and suicidal ideations at twice the rate of heterosexual Veterans.

Today, it is estimated that one million of our nation’s Veterans identify as LGBT. Studies reveal LGBT Veterans accessing VA services were more likely to screen positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and alcohol misuse than non-LGBT Veterans.

Orientation and identity

Discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity can add additional stress for our LGBTQ veterans

LGBT Veterans may experience chronic stress from discrimination. This stress is worse for those who need to hide their sexual identity, as well as for those who have lost important emotional support because of their sexual orientation. Interpersonal stressors such as a failing or failed relationship have also been associated with increased rates of suicide for both service members and Veterans.

No matter the circumstances treatment is available

Treatment works and recovery is possible. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, sadness, depression, stress, or any other warning signs of suicide, talk with your VA provider or therapist right away. Ask your VA provider about including mental health as part of your routine care. Don’t wait until you’re in crisis.

Click here to read the full article.

IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS CALL NOW!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

1-800-273-8255


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External resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VAntage Point

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Center for PTSD

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