GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — “Mental health substance abuse is an epidemic, and it’s more prevalent amongst first responders and veterans” Primary Therapist for Uphealth Behavioral, Tamara Evans stated.
A lot of times there’s a stigma around mental health, and even asking for help. For veterans and first responders trained to help people, it’s even more challenging.
“It’s not uncommon for us to hear that a veteran or first responder to even make it to our program because it’s not in their nature to ask for help” Executive Vice President for Uphealth Behavioral, Alexia Toubol added.
The help for our heroes program makes it ok for them to seek out help. It’s a group created by a first responder and a veteran to deal with those specific problems unique to them.
Toubol stated, “We treat substance abuse and other mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
This treatment for veterans and first responder is different because they look at it through the lens of a veteran.
“You’re looking at an individual human being who has specific experiences, and so they are the expert in their experience and it’s up to us as clinicians to listen to them and believe them when they say this is what I’m struggling with. Can you help me?” Evans uttered.
You can never really know what a person is going through. I know from personal experience having a father serve multiple tours in the Army. But I do know asking for help works.
“Go get help, and that’s what id tell anybody. man if you going through things go get the help. Go get the help you need I mean until you go get the help your not doing anything to make yourself better” Retired Army Veteran, Kevin Stevenson stated.
Which is exactly what the help for our heroes program is all about. Making veterans and first responders better.
“We’re proud to say we’ve helped over 1,000 members of the community” Toubol Stated.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Help for our Heroes/First responders