Female Veterans having a conversation during group therapy session.

Women Veterans: Get Connected to the Mental Health Care You Deserve

If you’re struggling with your mental health, get connected to the high-quality care you have earned and deserve.

Women have served in every military conflict in the United States since the American Revolution. Over time, women have knocked down barriers, achieved top ranks in all branches of the military and fought in combat zones across the world. All of these advancements show the strides women have taken to level the playing field and stand on equal ground in our nation’s military.

But when it comes to the mental health and well-being of women Veterans, it’s important to recognize that they may have unique experiences and treatment needs. For example, according to research from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), women Veterans are at greater risk for certain mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). Understanding what VA’s research tells us about the mental health challenges facing women Veterans can help ensure we connect them with the resources, services and benefits they need most.

Mental Health Issues Facing Women Veterans

Female Veteran with an emotional support animal.Here are some of the highlights from VA’s research on the mental health concerns facing women Veterans:

  • Women Veterans have higher rates of PTSD than civilian women or Veteran men.
  • Women Veterans are more likely to experience certain types of traumatic events such as MST and intimate partner violence. Exposure to this trauma is linked to higher rates of mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression.
  • Women Veterans may suffer from mental health conditions related to pregnancy issues such as infertility, pregnancy complications, post-partum depression and more.
  • Women Veterans have higher rates of depression and disordered eating than Veteran men.
  • Women may put off treatment for mental health issues for various reasons such as caring for others over themselves, being afraid to seek treatment in male-dominated settings or feeling like their Veteran status isn’t validated like other Veterans.
  • Women are seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder at an increasing rate with over half of those seeking treatment related to alcohol use.

 This research enables us to tailor our support and connect women to mental health care that’s specific to their needs.

Mental Health Resources and Support

If you’re struggling with your mental health, get connected to the high-quality care that you have earned and deserve.

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