The Issue: Veterans Affected by Mental-Health Issues
After returning home from deployment, veterans can experience a number of debilitating mental-health issues, including depression, addiction to alcohol or substances, suicide attempts, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Strategies and skills that were necessary for survival in battle often hold them back from acknowledging and seeking help, hindering the readjustment to civilian and family life. In addition to the emotional adjustment issues, returning veterans struggle with finding work, procuring housing, and obtaining income and healthcare benefits.
The Campaign: Hosting a Health Event for Veterans
If 50 people donate $10, then North Central Regional Mental Health Board can organize a half-day veterans' behavioral-health event in Hartford for about 100 participants. The event will showcase resources and options available for local veterans who have returned home from deployment, including mental-health services, readjustment counseling, housing, career options, family support, and federal benefits. Each additional $500 raised will fund a half-day event in another part of Connecticut.
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North Central Regional Mental Health Board
North Central Regional Mental Health Board strives to ensure that citizens take part in monitoring the state’s mental-health services. The organization works directly with people who have mental-health or substance-abuse issues through a variety of programs and advocates on their behalf through legislative and fundraising events. One of the many services available, the Day in the Life project, observed the lives of people who receive behavioral-health services through the state to determine how best to help them in the future. In addition, the annual Celebrating Recovery dinner invites individuals in recovery to share their stories as a way of reaffirming that recovery is always possible.