As a retired Combat Marine and a Pastor, I’ve walked alongside hundreds of people with behavioral health conditions. These brothers/sisters in arms and members of my community have had to retreat into the shadows for fear of being labeled. This has cause several of my friends to take their lives. I would love if our communities could help break the stigmas associated with behavioral health and partner with those struggling.
Two major steps would be to (1) educate our communities on the resources available, and (2) increase funding to the resources that could combat these challenges.
Open and transparent conversations are necessary at all ages and all levels. There are very successful Autism Awareness campaign. I believe the same effort should be placed on behavioral health conditions.