“The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.” -Robert Kroger, Death’s Revenge
You served your country with honor and dignity; your mental health should be managed with the same approach. Recent studies indicate that 30% of active duty and reserve personnel reported a mental health condition including PTSD, depression, or anxiety, during deployment; however, less than 50% of returning veterans seek mental health treatment. According to the El Paso County Coroner’s report, fifty-three veterans completed suicide in 2021, underscoring the issues that affect our community today.
There needs to be a change in how we talk about mental health and that change begins with you.
If you are in need of immediate care, please call 9-8-8 + 1 for Veteran’s Assistance from the National Suicide Crisis Lifeline
“We were not allowed to speak of the unseen wounds of war. We were not allowed to prepare for them.” -Army Psychologist Brig. General Loree Sutton, Thank You For Your Service.
Mentally STRONG is a military-owned and operated mental health center based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with many of our counselors and nurse practitioners being veterans themselves. Mentally STRONG founder, Dr. Cristi Bundukamara (Dr. B), served as an Army Medic before she attended nursing school, and currently serves in the US Navy Reserve. Mentally STRONG offers many services including in-person counseling, medication management, life coaching, and numerous resources including YouTube videos, podcasts and online courses to help you embrace the journey of mental wellness from the comfort of your home.
Mentally STRONG Veterans Facebook Page
Are you looking for a forum where you can discuss mental wellness with other members of the military community? Consider joining our Mentally STRONG Veterans Facebook Group! The group is run by Kenny Brown, Mentally STRONG Counselor and veteran.
We welcome you to join the conversation, and help change perceptions on mental health within our community.