Veterans | Mental Health | Community | Service
Veteran mental health providers serving veterans in need.
The Wounded Healer Project’s primary mission is connecting military veteran-mental health providers with members of the veteran community who may be struggling in isolation with addiction, poverty, incarceration, homelessness, unemployment and terminal illness. We believe early and culturally competent, mental health intervention is the key to saving veterans from the risk of suicide. Many veterans are experiencing unaddressed mental health issues related to their time in service (i.e. combat, sexual trauma, addiction, shame and isolation) and may have distrust in the law enforcement, judicial, and healthcare systems. The Wounded Healer Project team of military veteran-counselors views these challenges as opportunities to meet our fellow veterans from a place of empathy, courage and understanding in order to bring them back into the community and help enact lasting change in their lives. We believe no veteran should be left behind.
COMMON BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS:
- Stigma surrounding mental health care diagnoses or seeking care
- Lack of trust in non-military mental health providers
- Distrust in the VA health care system as a whole
- Lack of access to care based on military discharge categorization
- Lack of understanding or misunderstanding veteran benefits
- Fear of losing or being denied security clearances
- Being unsure of how to speak about classified experiences related to trauma
Cheney, Koenig, Miller, et al. (2018).
DID YOU KNOW?
lived in poverty in 2021
are in enrolled in VA care
The rate of death by suicide was
47.8 per 100,000 veterans
following military separation in 2019
with PTSD do not receive treatment
American Addiction Centers, 2022
Justice For Vets, 2023
National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, 2022
Why Veteran Mental Health Providers?
The military is a melting pot of people from all backgrounds who go on to be stationed all around the globe, giving them a distinct multicultural experience of the world. Many veterans have also deployed and witnessed the trauma of war that most will never know or fully comprehend. These experiences offer a unique gift to the field of mental health counseling: the capacity to fearlessly face what may be the darkest parts of human existence and still be able to complete the mission.
Paired with a counselor’s heart, our Veteran Mental Health Providers are not only able to complete the mission, but they do so with an especially deep sense of empathy, understanding, and positive regard for all those who may be suffering. Our Veteran Mental Health Providers don’t shy away from the experiences that make life challenging – they’ll walk into the battle side-by-side with you.