VA focusing on mental health with 1 Step Today, Make The Connection

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1 Step Today provides guidance curated by veterans to inspire them to start on a path toward recovery, well-being and a healthier tomorrow, by taking one step at a time. Photo credit DVIDS

Veterans can take 1 Step Today and Make The Connection for their mental health and well-being.

That’s the message of the Department of Veterans Affairs during May, which is also Mental Health Month.

The VA recently launched the 1 Step Today program, which provides guidance curated by veterans to inspire them to start on a path toward recovery, well-being, and a healthier tomorrow, by taking one step at a time.

“Connecting with others, finding a new passion, picking up a new hobby, rediscovering joy, learning to forgive or reaching out for support and resources are integral to having positive mental health,” said Veteran Health Administration’s Acting Under Secretary for Health Dr. Richard Stone.

The new endeavor features mental health tips and advice from veterans and for veterans. The Make The Connection website features numerous veterans who share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs.

“The campaign is desired to inspire anyone, particularly veterans, to take steps to improve their mental health and well-being,” Dr. Jennifer Strauss, who manages the Women’s Mental Health Program within the VA.

The website offers a place where veterans and their families can view candid, personal testimonials of other Veterans who have dealt with and are working through a variety of common life experiences, day-to-day symptoms, and mental health conditions, Strauss added.

“The premise and the hope is hearing the stories of other veterans who have been able to turn things around will inspire veterans who may be in a bad place and feeling stuck right now,” she said.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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