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The Importance of Emotional Wellness Month

Posted: 10/10/2016 2:28:42 PM


October is Emotional Wellness Month. This month is a perfect opportunity to encourage awareness of psychological health conditions and to offer our support for those suffering. Emotional and mental wellness are the foundations of good health. It not only affects the service member, but his or her family and friends as well.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund believes that both a healthy mind and a healthy body are essential. Seeking care for mental illness should be treated no differently than seeking other types of healthcare. Military life and outside stressors add to the importance of maintaining your mental health. Managing stress, eating well and getting plenty of sleep are a few simple ways you can maintain emotional wellness to benefit yourself and those around you. These may sound obvious, but when faced with challenging life situations, these things are often the first to be neglected.

This list of tools and resources can help combat mental health issues at any level:
Mental Health America
Mental Health America offers tips specifically for military families, like reconnecting with your spouse emotionally after a long separation, anxiety and mood disorders and more serious issues like depression and substance abuse.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA offers self-help resources that recommend a variety of books and mobile resources to use. It also highlights general techniques for maintaining overall emotional health during and after deployment.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The NAMI offers information on where to seek out a diagnosis, what to expect and how treatment can help.

National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)
Constructed by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, NICoE offers programs for both service members and their families, including evaluation, diagnosis, a tailored treatment plan, follow up care and support groups. They also offer unique treatments such as creative arts therapy and sleep medicine.

Even if you don’t know someone personally who is suffering from psychological health conditions, consider helping our heroes. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is constructing Intrepid Spirit centers to serve as satellites to NICoE, extending the care provided to the home bases of many more patients. Five of the nine planned centers have been completed. Your donation helps us continue our mission – to provide our men and women of the Armed Forces with the most advanced care possible. 

The recommended self-help resources are NOT to replace clinical therapy and treatment. If you are suffering from psychological health conditions, contact a medical professional.