Monday, Memorial Day 2016   Leave a comment

Today is a day for remembering the veterans who served. I read a powerful blog about one man’s struggle with his father who served in Vietnam and how the war changed him. https://twitter.com/CharlesBivona/status/737314408884502528

My step-father was in the war too and he wouldn’t talk about it except to say he didn’t like loud noises and would never go with us to fireworks on the fourth of July for that reason.

War changes people and not in good ways. I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders about a man who was forever changed by fighting in France in the early 1900’s. In one episode his current lover asks his mother what he like before the war and his mother said, “He used to laugh. A lot.” He doesn’t laugh much anymore.

Mental health services need to be more accessible to all but especially to vets and their families. And not when they return but when they are in the field. I used to work as a therapist and saw a few clients with PTSD and know how awful it was for them. Sometimes medication helps, a combination of both therapy and medication works too.

We, as a society, need to take away the stigma of mental illness so more people can get the help they need.

Best,

Kathleen

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Posted May 30, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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