As Independence Day approaches, our nation reflects on its freedom and we look to honor the military service members and veterans who keep us safe. Since September 11, 2001, more than two million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, 18.5 percent of all returning service members meet criteria for either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Unless treated, these types of behavioral health issues have far-reaching and damaging consequences. Already this year the number of suicides among active-duty troops is almost 50 percent more than the number of troops killed in combat.
On July 9th, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT, Recovery Month is hosting a Twitter chat - “Access to Behavioral Health Care for Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Families.” Co-hosts Kathryn Power, Regional Administrator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Region 1, and Stephanie Weaver, MSG, National Guard Counterdrug Liaison to SAMHSA, will answer questions and share their expertise about the behavioral health issues that affect returning service members, members who have never been deployed to a combat zone, and veterans. They also will discuss current efforts to improve access to care to better serve the men and women who protect our nation and their families, and specifically via SAMHSA’s Military Families Strategic Initiative.
Follow along and contribute to the Twitter chat dialogue by using the designated hashtag #RecoveryChat to signify your participation in the conversation. We encourage you to share any insights or experiences you have relating to access to care for military families dealing with mental and/or substance use disorders.
If you are not available for the chat, tweet your questions to @RecoveryMonth in advance, using the hashtag #RecoveryChat. If you aren’t on Twitter, but would like to participate, post your questions or thoughts on the Recovery Month Facebook Page or send questions in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are new to Twitter chats, you can use the following steps to sign up and participate.
- Create a Twitter account at Twitter.com.
- Search for the @RecoveryMonth Twitter page and click follow.
- Sign in to your Twitter account on Wednesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. EDT and search #RecoveryChat in Twitter’s search bar.
- Save the #RecoveryChat search term to follow the ongoing dialogue.
- To signify your participation in the Twitter chat, tweet your comment or question and include the hashtag #RecoveryChat. Then click refresh to view your tweet.
Keywords: Recovery Month, Twitter chat, July 9, 2012, 1PM EDT