BUILDING HEALTHY MILITARY COMMUNITIES TOOLKIT
A RESOURCE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HEALTH PROVIDERS AND COMMUNITIES
Once Service members overcome their hesitation to pursue support the resources in this section can help them locate the services they need. Many of the resources are confidential, which can relieve concerns about potential military career implications.
SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) works to raise awareness of the impact of trauma and offers treatment and services for children and families who have experienced traumatic events. Children of Military and Veteran families may experience unique challenges related to military life and culture. The NCTSI offers specialized resources for Military and Veteran Families, health professionals and other systems who care for them.
NCTSI offers a searchable directory of mental health care providers in their network who offer evidenced based trauma treatment. Additionally, they have a searchable resource page that can be searched by trauma type, language, audience and resource type.
Psych Hub offers over 500 free short videos on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention topics. These videos are created for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for themselves or a loved one.
Adults with mental illness or substance use disorders smoke cigarettes more than adults without these disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) defines mental illness as any diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder and defines substance use disorder as dependence or abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Approximately 1 in 4 (or 25%) adults in the U.S. have some form of mental illness or substance use disorder, and these adults consume almost 40% of all cigarettes smoked by adults. SAMHSA has put together a brochure to encourage tobacco cessation while in treatment.
The National Council for Behavioral Health, a unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services, has numerous resources to help address tobacco product use for people with mental illness and other addictions.