Division of Behavioral Health Services

Mental Health Resources for Military Families

War changes people. How could it not?

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for military families with returning veterans.

Returning home doesn't always mean returning to a normal life for military service members who have spent months - or longer - under the stress of living and working in a combat zone.

Knowing what to expect and what to look for can help family members ease the transition back to life at home for veterans - and themselves.

Prevention and early intervention are keys to achieving and maintaining good mental health.

You are not alone! There is help available:

Many people, including other veterans, are going through similar challenges as you are:

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

The impact of combat stress lingers long after coming home. If your veteran family member has trouble sleeping, mood swings, jumpiness or memory loss, he or she may be dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Withdrawal - avoiding big public events or family gatherings - may be a sign of combat stress and unsociability. Increased drinking or drug use may also be a symptom of PTSD.

Changes in behavior caused by post-traumatic stress disorder may leave family members feeling alienated, angry or depressed. It's important to seek out treatment and support services for family members, as well as the veteran.

Learn more about PTSD: