Veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq often suffer from a number of behavioral health problems upon their return and many need assistance readjusting to life back at home. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a brief – Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans – detailing the needs of this population and services that are available to address those needs.
The brief reveals that between 37% and 50% of Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq in the VA healthcare system have received a mental disorder diagnosis ranging from post traumatic stress disorder to depression. In light of these findings, SAMHSA created this brief to provide resources for Veterans and their families, primary care, behavioral health, and social services providers to better understand the issue.
Resources included in the brief:
Online screening tools for assessing behavioral health problems among veterans
Online treatment locator for substance use disorder treatment and mental health services across the nation
Fact sheets, briefs, and reports on behavioral health problems among veterans