CRISIS: Veterans, mental health & the wounds we cannot see | psychology recovery & military

Hey everybody. Happy Thursday! Now if you didn’t know tomorrow is Veterans Day in the U.S. What is Veterans Day you might wonder? Veterans Day is a day where all of those who served in our U.S. Military are celebrated and loved on and given a little extra thank you so much. Maybe a hug. Maybe you buy them a coffee. We just celebrate them all day long. If you do see someone in their fatigues or someone that you know is a veteran, Friday November 11th is a great day to tell them how much you appreciate them. Tell them you love them. Tell them thank you. If you see somebody behind you in line, buy their coffee. Buy them a sandwich. Tell them thanks for keeping my land safe so I can walk outside and not worry about getting shot or stepping on an IED. Just for keeping us safe and happy and sound. But what I want to talk with you about today is something that’s a little more serious. When I was doing research for this video I learned that over 50,000 of our homeless are veterans. That’s really sad and terrible. And why aren’t we taking better care of them? When they’ve given us their all. Also I found out that 13% of veterans struggle with substance abuse. That’s terrible. We know that that’s done as a way to numb out, and I would assume that’s linked to PTSD. We know most of those who go away to war come back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And so they’re using addiction as a way to cope. And the worst upon worst statistic that I found, when doing research, was that 20 of our veterans kill themselves each and every day. That is such a staggering suicide rate. And there is so much that we can do about it. So today I want to offer up some tips and tricks to you if you are struggling with any of these things. If you are a veteran there are some things you can do to help yourself. And also I want to offer up some tips if we know someone and we care about someone who is a veteran. What are some things that we can do to help them better cope? For those of you who are veterans and are struggling, please reach out for help. They find that we do best when we’re in groups of people who understand our situation. That’s why it’s actually really great for you to keep in touch with people that you maybe went to war with or served with at different periods of time in your service to your country. Keep in touch with them. Whether it’s through letters, texts, emails, or actually having lunch and coffee together. Spend time with other veterans. We find that that helps us feel more understood. It helps lower our anxiety, and helps us have a place to vent about all the things that may be going on in our head as a relation to our trauma and our experiences. And also if you can, getting into therapy. I know our VA system is extremely flawed, and it’s not perfect. But start speaking up. If we have to scream to be heard, that’s fine. Be the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, because you deserve it. You’ve given your country your all and now is the time to get the support and help that you need. And if you have a friend or family member or any loved one who is a veteran, please be patient with them. I know that they can lash out. I know that they can be extremely frustrated at the situation and things may not be the same. There was a lot of information about how difficult it is for our veterans to come back into civilian life, and pretend like nothing really changed. Because they feel so very different. So give them time to adjust and adapt. I know that it’s really hard, but therapy will be great for you as well. And there are groups available for those who live with a person whose been to war and back, so that you are with other people who understand your experience. Do you see kind of the trend here? We do best when we’re surrounded by people who understand our experience, and give us a safe place to talk about it. And I also just want to say that it doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the wars that we have been in over the years or in currently. I’m not here to talk with you about politics. I’m just here to shed some light on the mental health issues that plagues our veterans. And as a community I believe we can come together and offer up support, offer up resources, talk to one another, love on one another, show each other the wonderful respect that each and every human deserves. Because if you think about our veterans as a whole, they have given their all to keep us safe. That’s something that is so amazing and something I think we need to spend some time appreciating. And so throughout the year you can find ways, not just one day a year, throughout the year we can find ways to give back and to help them know how grateful we are for all they’ve given for us. And there is tons of community centers and tons of ways you can donate money and time and resources. But I will leave links in the description for some of those and other of my videos where I talk about PTSD and all things related to veterans. And hopefully together as a community together we can just share some love on this wonderful day, and appreciate all of the men and women who have served and helped keep us safe day in and day out. I love you all! And I will see you on Monday. Bye!

50 thoughts on “CRISIS: Veterans, mental health & the wounds we cannot see | psychology recovery & military

  1. Can Kati Morton make a video on Bipolar Disorder and Anger , Eplispy and Mental Health , and Getting Help Without Medication.
    Tati13 minutes ago

  2. #KatiFAQ can you please differentiate between behaviour and personality..y npd is personally disorder not behaviour disorder or conduct disorder??

  3. Heya Kati, good job on the video! have you ever gone to Fleet Week in San Francisco? I went in 2010 and it was amazing to see so many wonderful people who chose to go in the military!

  4. This was so interesting! Thank you. How can you overcome a trauma that happened so long ago 10 years but are still having flashbacks? πŸ’œ thank you πŸ’œ

  5. Great video, I am a veteran who had PTSD, and depression. I hate that people judge me because the say that they can't see my wounds

  6. You're doing such a great job of destigmatizing mental health and bring awareness to the struggles are vets face . I think this was a spot on video. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  7. Yay to celebrating our veterans! I love it when time is taken to appreciate things like is, too often we take things for granted πŸ™‚

  8. we do that in the uk too we are doing a two minute silence at school for the remembrance day we learned alot in assembly about the poppy and what happens so long ago .loved this vid kati .

  9. I agree with T Kidd below, I think it's be awesome to have a video on people who have done well by going off their medication!

  10. Sorry to post again but this subject really hit me hard…….for most people suffering with General mental health issues its that initial leap of faith in reaching out that is the hardest part, I can't even begin to imagine how hard it would be for a veteran to reach out with the added pressure of having to be "strong, indestructible" I feel that the expectations of a veteran are completely unrealistic….after all they are human too!

  11. In the UK, the 11th is Remembrance Day too, and we wear the poppy in solidarity with our veterans. Usually the Sunday closest, services are dedicated to the soldiers and the queen will put a Poppy on a memorial and the Prime Minister joins in.

  12. katy you should. collab with the gabbi show! she mentions how she is in therapy, and how it really helps her! she has a huge following as well! you both are doing great things!! i think a video with both of you would be soooo beneficial to such a wide audience!πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  13. I was in the army from 1977 to 1981. As for the substance abuse – the army had some destructive policies regarding that – especially regarding alcohol. When I was in Germany you could buy a 40 oz. bottle of Bacardi Rum for $2.90. They sold alcohol to us cheap. If I was a post commander back then I would have given serious thought to banning alcohol on post. I sent an application to the VA asking for a disability check because I became an alcoholic while in the army. Of course that went over like a lead balloon. If they did give all the veterans who became alcoholics in the army a disability pension it would bankrupt our country. I was in before the Reagan military buildup, and I think the army has gotten more of a grip on its substance abuse issues. Heroin was a problem when I was in Germany, too. It was a different era and a different army.

  14. Hi Kati πŸ™‚ I would greatly appreciate if you could make a video on how best to deal with post-election anxiety. I'm on the other side of the world but even I am feeling deeply anxious about the state of the world, the state of your country and all of our safety… I can't even begin to imagine what many Americans are going through at the moment. I think many of us could do with your insight on how best to approach and process an event that is extremely difficult for millions of people to process. Thanks xx

  15. hi Kati, so I've been with my local Camhs team (child and adolescent mental health services) for over a year and a half now. I've had three different psychologists, a psychiatrist and family therapist during that time. I've also been inpatient at an ed unit for three months. the problem is, I just keep getting worse and worse. I'm at a point where I don't even want to get better I just want to die. nothing seems to help me and I have no hope for the future. I'm lost and scared and i don't know what to do. I have severe depression, anxiety and anorexia. I turn 18 in six months so I'll be discharged from services, please help katimorton

  16. Do you have a discussion on the website where people can post journal topics? If not, can a community forum be created for it?

  17. Hi, I love your channel, and I am a veteran. The one thing that I want all your viewers who has not been in the military to know. Let's love on those who have deployed AND those who have not deployed. I have done both, and sometimes, the roughest moments I experienced in my 10 years in the U. S. Army was stateside. So, let's respect all veterans whether they deployed or not. Its just a misconception in the world that
    you're better than, or suffered more if you've deployed. That is the truth in a lot of cases, especially when there's loss of limbs and seeing death. I really look to your channel for comfort! The vets love you!!THANK YOU!!!!!

  18. Kati can you please please do a video on how to cope with the outcome of the election? I know so many of us are struggling.

  19. I feel like a monster. I feel like there is something actually wrong with me and that I'm so stupid. For some odd reason, I don't want my anxiety to go away. It's been with me for what feels like forever, and I don't know a life without it. The support I also get makes me feel loved and cherished, which I think is because I don't have a lot of friends and I was also bullied. Can anyone help me with this? I feel like a horrible person for feeling this way…thanks.

  20. Wow the camera quality is amazing. Great video Kati.
    Can you make a video more on InPatient treatment and dealing with the anxiety about suddenly taking time off work??? Or about how to tell your housemates you're going to be in hospital for a while? X

  21. when my Vietnam veteran husband came home, no one thank him for his service. Today his brothers in arms who named their chapter of Veterans for Peace, after him are in the streets protesting this farce of a presidential election.

  22. it's been so long since my country has been involved in a war that all of our veterans are reeally old, so i'm having hard time associating the word "veteran" with anyone else than guys that are older than 90 πŸ˜€

  23. Hey I've been wanting to get on the site for a very long time but due to my screen it reading program I cannot figure it out I'm blind I was hoping that I can get some help doing that I really want to get the workbook so I can start working on it as of recently got no the treatment that was quite unhelpful but I'm trying very hard to find whatever I can and figured this might be a great place to start any ideas

  24. The US has always fought wars for ridiculous reasons, no one was ever threatening them! Were Korea or Vietnam or Iraq or Pakistan or Bosnia, Serbia really a threat to a nation that has more money than these countries combined? I don't think so. Every country and every society should help their citizens but you guys need to stop going to wars. You need to be more aware of the toxic impact caused by the US wars stop meddling in other countries business. The US wants to be so relevant in the world field (and it is) but do you have to bring your "peace" everywhere?

  25. Hi Katie! I have been in school counselling for a while but I feel like it's not enough and that I can't fully share, and that i would be more comfortable sharing with a therapist outside of school who can properly diagnose me. Am I right with thinking that a therapist can help more than a counsellor? Or do you think it may be because I am not comfortable yet with sharing with my counsellor?. I feel like what we talk about is more surface things and I'd like to talk about deeper things like why I'm feeling a certain way, not just how to fix it. Thanks, and I hope that makes sense!

  26. veterans day doesnt exist and the government is now making the soldiers pay back money isnt america amazing i am so glad we got trump at least him fucking over the veterans makes sense

    honestly i think trump will be more progessive then people think just not when it comes to the idiots who go to war for this retarded fucked up country

    thx for this ha bisky vid

  27. if i met a veteran i would ask them how much money do they still owe the government

    actually now that i think about it i did do that but cenk asked it first and it was to wes clark jr and the answer wes gave him was none i can afford a lawyer

  28. I am sorry I received this today I wish I got this a day or two before Veterans Day but this is how Facebook rolls I will still share this today because it is valid every day

  29. this is valid for veterans every day thank you for your video I wish I got it before Veterans Day but such is life

  30. This is my new favorite channel. You're helping me learn what I can do for my husband with complex PTSD. We've been trying and failing to make it through the darkness for 6 years and this channel is like finally seeing the light.

  31. Thanks Kati,
    This video is great especially referencing groups, the military is one big family and upon separation i had many problems leading to depression and found out it was in fact the matter of civilian life does want to be to close to each other i.e they wont have cook outs, wont hang out together, everyone just leaves ASAP. this video gives great advice thanks.


  33. Veterans Day is about honoring are Veterans. The first two resources have been solid. I have no experience with the third resource. The second resource is The National Center for PTSD, their is good information for Veterans, Family and friends.

  34. Just started therapy at the va. Its been very difficult to get them to keep apointments. The one that i actualy got someone to show up to was great but after that they kinda trailed off. I know i need help but they dont seem interested. What can i do?

  35. I’m in the military and am diagnosed with PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociation, avoidant behavior….most of the nitty gritty β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️ thank you for posting this!!!

  36. The va told me I had a sinus infection. For five years. Turns out I have c ptsd and chronic fatigue syndrome. They are completely incompetent.

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