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Depression Is More Than a Weakness

Many people believe that depression is something that will go away just by toughing it out. Individuals who serve in the military, or those that have served, are especially subject to the instilled demands and expectations of readiness which perpetuate the idea that they must never allow their mental health to interfere with their assignments in life. Likewise, if treatment for depression is sought, service members mistakenly view it as a sign of weakness.

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Losing a Loved One to Suicide

When someone completes a suicide, it’s hard to push thoughts like ‘Is there something that I could have done?’ away. It’s normal to have many difficult, and sometimes even conflicting, emotions when you experience the loss of a loved one from suicide, but it is NOT your fault, and you do not deserve to feel like this. 

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Veterans Day Message

Written by William McNeill, Regional SMVF Navigator Origins of Veterans Day On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the incessant boom of artillery abruptly went silent along the Western Front in France. World War I, War that started with the...

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The Growing Youth Mental Health Crisis – Why Is It Happening and What Are We Doing?

You might have heard that we’re in the midst of a youth mental health crisis, but what does that mean, exactly? New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was released in March 2022, and the numbers show that U.S. youth are experiencing high levels of poor mental health. What’s behind the rise in mental health conditions among youth – and what can we do about it?

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Help Is Available for Mental Health Even if You Cannot Afford Therapy

Whether you receive crisis intervention, same-day access to clinician mental health services, or private ongoing counseling or therapy, there are a variety of ways to pay that ensure everyone can afford the care that they need. Our CSBs are required by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Services and by the Code of Virginia to charge fees for services. Services are billed on a fee-for-service basis, and this is determined when you come in for an assessment.

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