SAMHSA SMVF TA Center- Key Transitions: Supporting the Behavioral Health of Women Veterans
Throughout history, women have served in the military in many different roles and are the fastest growing population of veterans. From nursing roles to combat positions, women have fought valiantly for our country. Thus, it is important for community providers to understand the unique challenges women face as they transition from military service to civilian life and throughout each stage of their lives. Women service members and veterans have higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal ideation compared with their civilian counterparts – in fact, the suicide rate in 2016 was 1.8 times greater among women veterans than among non-veteran women. Providing community support that is sensitive to military culture, trauma, and gender is imperative. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is pleased to support this webinar focused on the unique behavioral health challenges facing women veterans and opportunities to implement best policies and practices for this growing population. This webinar will provide examples and resources to help participants better serve women veterans in their communities.