Recent studies tell us that nearly a third of veterans who seek care through Veterans Administration (VA) health centers receive mental health diagnoses. NAMI recognizes the need for increased services for veterans and their families.
Veterans Living with Severe Mental Illness
NAMI believes that veterans should receive at least the same full range of integrated services within the hospital and upon discharge to the community that are received by people with mental illnesses served by other public systems such as: the availability and accessibility of physicians services, state of the art medications, family education and involvement, inpatient and outpatient care, residential treatment, supported housing, assertive community treatment (ACT), psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support, vocational and employment services, and integrated treatment for co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
Utah Department of Veterans Services or call1-801-326-2372 or toll free 1-800-894-9497
Utah National Guard Family Assistance Centers or call 1-866-456-4507
Military OneSource or call 1-800-342-9647
The Coming Home Project--compassionate expert care, support, education, and stress management tools for any returning Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, all service members, their families, and their service providers.
Brain Injury Association of Utah or call 1-801-484-2240
These resources and more are available at myarmyonesource.com
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.