SAMHSA Hosted, Webinar: Key Transitions: Supporting the Behavioral Health of Women Veterans.
May 7, 2019 –
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.
- Define the unique risk factors for women veterans’ behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and the psychological effects of war, military sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and suicide
- Identify gaps in data, programs, and services for women veterans
- Describe how we can build the behavioral health workforce’s capacity to provide women veterans with care that is sensitive to military culture, trauma, and gender at every stage of life
- Illustrate opportunities for increased collaboration and coordination to improve access and quality of care
- Discover simple, yet effective, strategies to improve your programs and services for women veterans