Earlier today, I read about a Veteran who regularly sought VA mental health care, but post-traumatic stress sometimes prevented him attending appointments. In some cases, expansive VA hospitals are a little much for folks seeking care—which might keep Veterans from going to appointments in the first place.
Fortunately there are a couple solutions to that issue that can be utilized fairly quickly.
The first, Vet Centers, are smaller clinics designed for combat Veterans in need of readjustment counseling, along with their families. They’re usually found in places like strip malls, far from bustling VA medical center hubs.
They’re also open later than most other VA facilities and can accommodate later appointments. To help put Veterans further at ease, Vet Center staff are typically Vets themselves. There are 300 across the country, so find one close to you.
The second resource is the use of telehealth for mental health appointments. Using video teleconferencing technology, Veterans can seek individual or group counseling from home instead of heading to a facility.
Counseling can be a lifelong mode of care, so this technology helps in those moments when a Veteran is unable to attend an appointment in a brick and mortar building. If you’re interested in using telehealth for your appointments, talk it over with your primary care physician.