Additionally, the social stigma of mental illness is a barrier that many veterans face. Many veterans view seeking help as a sign of weakness, making “toughing it out” the more acceptable way to deal with the symptoms of PTSD, or other mental illness. Treating these complexities requires evidence based practices. These practices often include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and rational emotive behavioral therapy, to name a few. These practices help clients identify sources of pain and develop healthy coping skills to overcome suicidal ideation and other crises. 4
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