Military Family Mental Health Blog Carnival Roundup #MilfamMH

The MSW@USC welcomes all of the veterans, and military family members and friends, participating in this mental health awareness campaign! Thank you for sharing your story and for making a difference.

In honor of Mental Health Month and National Military Appreciation Month, the MSW@USC is hosting a Military Family Mental Health Blog Carnival. If you’re interested in taking part in this campaign, please take a look at our participation guidelines in the #MilfamMH Call for Blog Submissions post. We will update our roundup with blog submissions between now and the end of May. To submit your blog post for the roundup, please link back to the campaign page and share a link to your blog article on our Facebook page, tweet at us @MSWatUSC or leave a comment on this post.

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“I’m raising awareness for Military Family Mental Health by blogging for the #MilfamMH Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work program. Join me in blogging for an important cause!”

We encourage everyone to read, engage and follow the bloggers participating in the #MilfamMH campaign!

Self-submitted posts:
SPOUSE IN BLOOM by Alice Swan of DC Military Life

How often have you been dug up and re-planted in a new location? Just like with our garden plants, it takes care and work to make sure we thrive through all the changes. Beyond the re-planting, that nurturing and attention builds up our ‘branch strength’ so to speak to, enabling us to handle all the challenges military life presents.

My Different Kind of Better by Shawn Gourley of Military With PTSD

See, I changed the way I looked at it: I can be sad that the man I married never would return, never get past it, and let my marriage fail. Or I can accept the fact that his brain was injured, love him for who he is now, and make the best of it.

May Military Mental Health Month by Jennifer Lovett Herbranson

I have seen too many lives torn apart. Too many families and too many marriages torn apart in the last thirteen years of this war. We must be better prepared to help our Veterans when they return. For them and for their families. Our nation owes that to them.

My Anxiety and Mental Health Experience by Kimberly at Little Fierce Blog

I’ve gone to two appointments and I’ll definitely continue while I’m on this assignment. I never felt judged and I think it had to do largely with the fact that I don’t work with my therapist. He/she is literally not in my chain-of-command and that made a huge difference.

Mental Health Awareness Among Military Families by Mandy Baker

It wasn’t so long ago that the issues concerning mental health were simply not discussed. It wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t see mental health issues as a real problem. It wasn’t so long ago that people were told to “suck it up” or “grow up” or “just deal with it”. Mental health issues were swept under the rug and ignored.

Military Family Mental Health May 2014 by Elizabeth, “The Blooming Air Force Bride”.

After my husband left for basic training, I was okay. I was sad, but I was okay. But after a few weeks the stress, the loneliness, and certain other unexpected and abnormal circumstances started to weigh on me. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, and I was not myself. I started having anxiety attacks. This was now a real problem.

Mental Health for the Spouse by Alissa Ann

It is becoming more and more clear to me these days that it’s okay to need help, that drowning in everything alone and not opening up to people who care about you won’t fix the problems. I have been equating the idea of mental health with being strong, but so often it is in our weakness where we find strength because we open ourselves up to receive the help that we need.

As the NMAM Ends…by Lauren, “Going Green”.

The mental health of all of our soldiers is, of course, extremely important, whether they have seen the devastation of a war oversees firsthand, been forced to serve hardship tours and deployments in other countries, or continue to struggle with the remnants of war torn memories from years and wars previous. It is even more important for those of us welcoming them back to our peaceful times to be able to sympathize, understand, and recognize the warning signs of a soldier in despair or need of help.

Do you have a previous blog post about Military Family mental health? Link back to our campaign page or add our badge and your blog could be added to our Roundup!

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