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Veteran’s Awareness Month – November 2020

Led by Shelly Hohl, LPC RCC Counselor

As we honor all Veterans on November 11, the RCC Counseling Department would also like to take the opportunity to highlight the over 500 Veteran students who attend our College in both credit and non-credit programs.  We appreciate you and want to continue to support you during your time here at RCC! 

Please join the Counseling Department in bringing awareness to some mental health topics that we have highlighted below.  Feel free to explore the information, check out the selected links that correspond with each topic, and most importantly how to get connected with an RCC Counselor for more support.

Depression

The Uniformed Services University and the Center for Deployment Psychology has shared that Depression is one of the world’s top public health problems, affecting over 300 million people globally. While depression may not be commonly associated with traumatic experiences such as combat, rates of depression in our servicemen and women are not insignificant. Depressive disorders accounted for 17% of all mental health disorder diagnoses between 2000-2011.

Click the link to view an example of a 5-Column Thought Record looking at Distorted/Corrective Thinking.

“One of the biggest barriers that must be overcome by Service members and Veterans is that of stigma.  For warriors to seek help is anathema to the warrior ethos…”  (Click the link to read more about the USU/CDP mission and for more information.)

PTSD

The Uniformed Services University and the Center for Deployment Psychology has shared that Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychiatric consequence of trauma exposure.  Watch Hector Garcia’s TEDTalk “We train soldiers for war.  Let’s train them to come home, too.”

“One of the biggest barriers that must be overcome by Service members and Veterans is that of stigma.  For warriors to seek help is anathema to the warrior ethos…” (Click the link to read more about the USU/CDP mission and for more information.)

Sleeping Disorders

The Uniformed Services University and the Center for Deployment Psychology has shared that insomnia is one of the main residual complaints of people successfully treated for a range of psychological conditions including PTSD, Depression and Anxiety.  Complaints regarding sleep quantity and quality are the number one non wound or injury related complaint of Service members post deployment and there have been increases in the number of OIF/OEF veterans with other sleep disorders. Click the link to view some helpful Sleep Hygiene Guidelines.

“One of the biggest barriers that must be overcome by Service members and Veterans is that of stigma.  For warriors to seek help is anathema to the warrior ethos…” (To read more about the USU/CDP mission and for information please visit https://deploymentpsych.org/)

Are you a Veteran attending RCC?

Are you a Veteran attending RCC?  Make sure you check out the RCC Veterans Services website for more information and resources:


Counseling Services

We are all in this together and we are here for you! Counseling services are available for any registered RCC Veteran student at no cost.  There are also Counselors who have specialized training in understanding and treating military service members.  To schedule an appointment, please email counselingfrontdesk@roguecc.edu or call 541-245-7552.