Military life can foster resiliency and independence. It can also present mental and behavioral health challenges to service members and their families. Scroll for more.
Mental health challenges are significantly higher among military members than civilians.17
Service members and their families report fears for their safety, which can increase feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.18
Many feel anxious or overwhelmed by deployment-related challenges and responsibilities.
Frequent relocation can put stress on military families. Leaving behind support networks and jobs can result in challenges like stress and anxiety in their new locations.
Children and teens may experience mental health challenges related to relocating to new towns and schools and remaking friends.
Substance use disorders (SUDs) affect many among the military personnel and veterans, and are associated with numerous physical and mental health challenges.
The Department of Defense reported 40,000 cases of domestic violence between 2015 and 2019, 74% of which were physically violent—a higher rate than in civilian families. Many instances go unreported. Exposure to violence can lead to mental health challenges, like anxiety and stress, and increased feelings of fear and lower self-esteem. If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence please call 911 or the The Access and Crisis Line Line at (888) 724-7240 for support 24/7.
Common Mental Health Challenges