Stress blog

Helping veterans heal

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. April 11, 2012

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    www.nami.org
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

A recurrent theme is how we deal with the tragedies and the sufferings that beset each of us.

A wise person once said that the only way to get over something is to go through it. In other words, unless you embrace your disappointments and frustrations those wounds won't heal.

I was enlightened about a supportive community for injured military personnel called the Healing Heroes Network (www.healingheroes.org). This is a wonderful example of people reaching out to help others in a tacit acknowledgment that no one can do this alone.

Other resources are also available. Check the National Resource Directory (www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov), a website that helps connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them.

Remember, we may grieve in the silence of our hearts, but we heal with the strength of others.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Apr. 11, 2012