Peer Support for Veterans’ Mental Health

Physical injury takes a huge toll on veterans and on the same note, the mental endurance needed by these heroes is sometimes far greater. During and well after service, veterans have an acute burden to carry. Upon their return home, these once familiar spots filled with good memories, become triggers for bad ones.

“The biggest problem is coming back to a location and people don’t know me anymore”, said Richard Jacobson, a former medic in the military. Now a service officer for veterans, Jacobson says that most times, veterans don’t want to admit they have a problem.

Sacrificing so much, veterans’ quality of life can suffer under these situations. If you or a loved one is in need please reach out to the Veterans Affairs Office by calling 906-226-4618.

“Doesn’t matter 24 hours a day we do have the veteran’s crisis line. It used to be a 1-800 number, they simplified that down now, it’s just 988. Veterans Press 1 you’re connected to a trained counselor, who’s used to working with veterans in those situations.” Veterans Experience Officer Timothy Ellison spoke about the importance of caring for their experience. “The true answer is this if you’re struggling and you need help it’s impacting your life and you don’t have to live that way and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help”, said Ellison