Our first priority is the health and safety of our staff and our clients. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our response as information becomes available. Perspectives Counseling & Psychotherapy Centers has already begun utilizing teletherapy services for our clients. Perspectives Counseling & Psychotherapy Centers utilizes a platform called Zoom, which is a HIPPA compliant video conferencing service. If you are unable to utilize video conferencing, telephone sessions will be utilized. Per Governor Pritzker's announcement on March 19, 2020, insurance companies will be required to cover teletherapy services to their members in the State of Illinois until further notice. We will continue to monitor this changing situation and keep our staff and clients notified of any updates.
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Honoring & Supporting Veterans Today
Every year on this day we honor our Veterans who have served this country and made it safe for all of us. They have given their time, passion and sometimes health and life to allow us to live safely and freely. So, let me start by thanking them for their service and honoring their sacrifice.
But it is not enough to just honor them. If we ask them to serve our country, then we should also be prepared to provide them with the support they need and deserve. To not only survive but thrive while in active service and after they finish their service to our country. I want to be clear that we do already have things in place to support them like student assistance for school, small business and business loans, job training, free or low-cost medical care through VA hospitals and medical facilities for their medical needs, veteran’s pension programs, disability compensation and counseling. However, I want to focus on the last item I mentioned; counseling.
Serving in the military can be stressful especially when serving in a combat situation. But even in non-combat situations, adjusting to life after the military can also provide challenges. That is what counseling for our military personnel and their families should provide. Assisting and supporting our service men and women as much as possible while they serve and once their service is completed. Here are a few things that would help.
1. From enlistment through discharge, seeking and receiving counseling should be encouraged and even mandatory. I know that sounds a bit “heavy-handed”, but we do it on the medical side. What is wrong with providing mental health assessments like we provide physicals? This will help those in the service feel that this is not only normal but expected. Instead of a check-up, we can call them check-ins.
2. Spend time on training officers and NCOs on how to talk about mental health, help NORMALIZE it and de-stigmatize it. It would also be helpful to build mental health first aid and stress reduction into all forms of training including basic training. That could include mindfulness training, yoga and other forms of stress reduction techniques.
3. Provide on-going psycho-educational groups to all military personnel from recruitment to retirement. Building this into the normal operations of the military would further de-stigmatize the negative perception of therapy. This should be made available to all levels of military personnel throughout the ranks regardless of station.
4. Provide mental health assessments and recommendations upon discharge so that their adjustment and transition to life after service can be smoother. Again, I would recommend possibly making this mandatory.
5. Ensure that medical benefits offered to all military personnel stress’s behavioral health as well physical health. This would include providing options to seek counseling from non-military facilities (i.e., private practitioners). This would reinforce the normalcy of seeking and getting help for emotional issues or distress. Further, it would make it easier for those with any fears of confidentiality to get the help they need.
These recommendations may sound like a lot. But by sacrificing themselves for our country, don’t we want to honor those sacrifices by providing our service men and women with the support they deserve?
For more information on counseling services for veterans, please contact our staff by calling 866.296.5262.