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PTSD - Citizen Soldier Support Program Helps Reservists and Guardsmen

How Reservists and Guardsmen Battling PTSD Can Find Mental Health Professionals

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PTSD - Citizen Soldier Support Program Helps Reservists and Guardsmen

Dr. David Williamson, medical director for the Inpatient Psychological Heath and TBI program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and his staff are breaking new ground in identifying and treating TBIs and mental-health issues.

Photo by Seaman Alexandra Snow. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
Often, Reservists and National Guardsmen returning home from deployment face unique, unexpected challenges while transitioning from military to civilian life.

Depression, PTSD, anxiety and a host of other physical and mental health issues can crop up weeks, months and sometimes years after a deployment.

When this happens, servicemembers in the Reserve and Guard component are faced with finding local mental health professionals who are experienced and trained to meet the specific needs of servicemembers, military spouses or the entire family unit.

Finding a Provider
The Citizen Soldier Support Program helps bridge the gap between community providers and members of the Reserve and Guard.

Among the program's many features is a comprehensive database containing over 2,000 primary health care and behavioral health professionals. All the listed professionals have experience working with military families or have expressed an interest in working with them.

How To Use the Database
Finding a mental health provider in your area is easy and only takes a few minutes. To get started:

1. Go to the form at WarWithin.org.

2. Enter your zip code.

3. Select whether the person seeking help is yourself or someone else such as a family member.

4. Review the list of issues and check any that apply.

5. Check the "yes" or "no" box that applies to whether or not you have insurance. (Please note: health insurance coverage is not a prerequisite to use this service.)

6. On the lower right side, click the "submit search" icon. A list of providers in your area will appear.

Overall, the process is simple, discreet and allows the servicemember or their loved one the capability of finding health care providers or behavioral health specialists 24/7.

Although the database is primarily used in the post-deployment phase, the Citizen Soldier Support Program also provides assistance to servicemembers and military families throughout all phases of a deployment to include an interactive Facebook page Things I Wish I Had Known.

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