NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s estimated that 20 veterans taken their own lives every day. Nearly 1 of every 3 that seek treatment for substance use disorder also have PTSD. Officials worry that those numbers will only worsen amid the pandemic.
In order to combat this, Retreat Behavioral Health hosted a live panel discussion about mental health recovery and overcoming challenges in the veteran community.
It was held on Nov. 11 from 7-8 p.m. Panelists included veterans and mental health experts.
“On this Veterans Day, we thank the men and women that have so admirably served our country,” said Peter Schorr, CEO and President of Retreat Behavioral Health. “One of the ways we as a provider can honor our heroes is to ensure they have the mental health resources and support they deserve.”
Jenna Rackerby, a Navy veteran said, “I think that relationship… and those bonds I’ve made with vets have been over people not knowing these resources exist or me just openly breaking that stigma, talking about mental health, talking about substance abuse.”
The event can be watched on the organization’s Facebook page.
If you’re a veteran or concerned about a veteran in your life, the Veterans Crisis number is 1-800-273-8255.