Breaking the Silence

Website for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Breaking the Silence initiative to address mental health stigma.


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Words Can Hurt; and Silence

By contributing blogger Joel E. Miller

On Memorial Day, we honor those Americans that have lost their lives defending their country. We remember you and honor you.

We also need to include the young men and women who were first diagnosed with a mental illness while serving their country. Many young people sign up at 18 or 19 and there are times when symptoms don’t show up until people are in their 20’s. So, this is also for those who became disabled by a mental illness while serving.

Now, what would most of these people be called who served their country, and possibly put their lives at risk to protect and defend others?  What word best describes them? Veteran? And in some cases, hero?

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