Counseling for Veterans

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We have therapists who specialize in providing the supportive services that veterans (and their spouses/families) need to heal and improve their mental and emotional health. 

Lynda Bradley, Licensed Professional Counselor, is credentialed and experienced in counseling those suffering with PTSD and other forms of trauma. Lynda is also a military wife.

Bob Fisher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has firsthand knowledge of military service; he is an Air Force veteran who counsels other veterans struggling with PTSD and other issues.

Are You a Veteran of the Armed Forces?

 

You selflessly served your country with great strength, hard work, and courage; you deserve peace and joy in your life. But what if you're finding it difficult to adjust to civilian life? Many veterans returning home struggle to make this adjustment. However, there are times when despite all efforts, it doesn't happen. Unresolved pain makes life unmanageable. 

 

If you believe you’re suffering adverse psychological effects from your military experiences, you are far from being alone. While engaging in combat is linked to increased risk for mental disorders, non-combat experiences also fuel mental health conditions such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety disorders, and depression, to name a few.

Over half of veterans suffering from mental health problems do not receive treatment, yet getting treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Veterans and those on active duty serving after 9/11 through present day died by their own hand at a rate four times greater than the deaths that occurred during war operations.* Of course, not everyone struggling is suicidal. But why live a life racked with pain when help is available?

 

At Samaritan, we also understand that your service involved tremendous personal sacrifice that may have included both physical and mental trauma, including TBI—Traumatic Brain Injury. Whether you are a recent veteran of the armed forces, or you’ve been a veteran for decades, it’s not too late for you to receive treatment.

 

How Do You Know If You Need Help?

 

There are many mental health conditions that prevent those returning from military duty from living a healthy, fulfilling life.

 

Symptoms are wide-ranging and can include:

  • Feeling lonely and isolated

  • Abusing drugs and or alcohol

  • Experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, suicidal thoughts

  • Exhibiting violent behavior

  • Having difficulty managing anger, relating to/interacting with others

 

If you or someone you know are a veteran who is experiencing these and other symptoms, reach out to Samaritan for help by calling 412-741-7430.

 

(*Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/24/1009846329/military-suicides-deaths-mental-health-crisis)

 

 

Other Helpful Resources

 

National Hotline: Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

 

You can also use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

 

En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889