Battling the Veteran Mental Health Crisis: 5 Ways the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors Helps
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Unsure what the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors® is or how it can help you? If you’re a Veteran looking for resources, here are five ways the Cohen Clinic has you covered.
According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, 30 percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment.
Yes, you heard right. This means that approximately 730,000 men and women returning from deployment are in need of professional mental health care.
The worst part? Less than 50 percent of returning Veterans in need receive any mental health treatment at all.
This is where we come in. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors® provides high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care to Veterans and their families at three locations: San Antonio, El Paso, and Killeen.
Here are five ways that we seek to assist Veterans— regardless of role while in uniform or discharge status.
- Provides high-quality counseling
The cornerstone for any mental health care is a trusted therapist or counselor. No matter what specific type of counseling you’re looking for, individuals, groups, couples, children, and families have access to high-quality mental health professionals who care.
- Works one-on-one to connect you to local resources
By connecting you to a specialized case manager, we will work one-on-one with you to connect you to local resources based on your specific needs and unique situation.
- Connects you to therapy— even online
No matter where you live, we believe counseling and therapy should be accessible to you. By offering Telehealth, we hope to provide face-to-face therapy wherever you need it. This service allows you to attend online video counseling sessions from the comfort of your home or office, even in rural areas.
- Keeps you happy and healthy
We believe that optimal mental health goes far beyond “fixing issues.” Instead, we want our clients to thrive, to increase curiosity, and to try new things every day. For this reason, our locations offer all kinds of workshops, classes, and events— from Tai Chi and yoga to meditative poetry nights to veteran spouse support groups.
- Helps you manage your medication
When it comes to keeping track of pharmacy refills, doctor visits, and medication schedules, organization is important. We’re here to help keep you up to date with your medication, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Who is qualified for care?
Our clinic provides services to any post 9/11 Veterans and their family members. The Clinic seeks to complement the care provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) and to provide support for three specific under-served groups:
- Veterans who do not receive mental health care in the VA system, whether for reasons of limited accessibility or other factors (including personal preference)
- Veterans who are ineligible for care in the VA system (e.g., due to discharge status, conditions that are not service-connected)
- Family members of Veterans, reservists, National Guard and active duty service members, regardless of dependent status. Family members include parents, siblings, spouses/significant others, children, and anyone else designated by the Veteran.
If our office is closed and you need immediate support, you can still speak to a peer at Vets4Warriors.In the event of a mental health emergency, please refer to the following resources: 9-1-1, the National Veterans Crisis Hotline (800-273-8255, press 1), National Women Veterans Hotline (855-829-6639), the CHCS Crisis Line (210-223-7233), and the San Antonio Police Department Mental Health Unit (210-452-3042).