When: May 9, 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Via Zoom
As the field of psychology increases, we are developing a greater understanding of the impact of trauma related issues across our nation and how impacts increase every year. This webinar will discuss veterans’ experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), identify triggers and symptoms of PTSD, and explore mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, medication and self-help practices for veterans and their families.
According to the 2019 VA state summary, there were 141,341 veterans in West Virginia. Just over half of them (50.7%) are under age 65, 11,959 are women, and 10,994 are retirees. Veterans make up 8.5 percent of the population, higher than the national average of 6.8 percent. Less than half of the returning veterans who need mental health and addiction treatment services receive treatment.
Psychological and addiction challenges in the veteran population are significant issues. Mental health and addictions providers need to understand this population’s unique experiences and needs, whether they are treating the veterans themselves or working with their partners and families.