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Need For Vets Mental Help May Be Understated Here

A new report appears to dispel the perception that veterans need more mental health care than the rest of the population. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says 90-thousand California veterans who had served in the military for at least a year, or 3 and a half percent of the total number, needed therapy. But that’s only slightly less than non-vets, where it’s 3-point-9 percent. But Julie Carrara, with Welcome Home Vets in Grass Valley, says it’s likely significantly higher, since many needing help are hard to find or don’t ask for it, at least not initially…

click to listen to Julie Carrara

Carrara says it’s usually family members, including a spouse, who end up referring veterans for counselling. She says Welcome Home Vets has five therapists and last year they treated 50 vets. But there are 10-thousand veterans in Nevada County. The report also says 76-percent of California vets in need of mental health care from 2011 to 2013 either didn’t receive treatment or received inadequate care. But Carrara says local care is very good…

click to listen to Julie Carrara

Meanwhile, the report did find that California veterans are more likely to contemplate suicide than non-vets, with 9-percent SERIOUSLY considering it.

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