I still remember the day when a soldier came to me seeking help for traumatic events he had experienced. He had an older brother suffering from PTSD, and his family was going through emotional turmoil. As a journalist, I spoke with the parents multiple times to understand their concerns and offer assistance. The experience touched my heart deeply.
When working with soldiers in the army, one of the most significant challenges is transitioning back to other commitments at the hospital. Additionally, I am preparing for a final test of my internship in psychiatry, which has been condensed into a short timeframe due to reserve duty.
It has become clear that our knowledge of treating combat stress and trauma is limited compared to our experience in providing long-term care for people who have experienced trauma. There isn’t much research available on this topic, making it challenging to provide effective first aid in such situations.
If I could improve mental health care for soldiers today, it would be by ensuring that mental health treatments remain readily available, particularly for reservists who are discharged and require ongoing care.
After serving for an extended period, I have realized that there is a growing concern among commanders and peers about the mental health of soldiers. However, this does not diminish their commitment or operational capacity.
In my opinion, there should be more open discussions about the complexities soldiers face and an increased supply of mental health services. It’s essential to remember that when someone joins the reserves, their entire family experiences a significant shift that can impact their mental well-being.
In conclusion, as a journalist covering mental health issues in veterans and soldiers, it’s crucial to raise awareness about the importance of providing acceptance, containment, and support to those experiencing mental distress due to their service. It’s time we take action by increasing access to mental health services for all individuals who continue to suffer from mental disorders as a result of their service.