In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is promoting its Make the Connection campaign to veterans, their families, and friends of veterans. Make the Connection is a national awareness campaign launched in 2011 to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and seeking mental health care.
Make the Connection is a combination of a website, Facebook community, and YouTube channel that helps veterans and those close to veterans with mental health conditions tell their stories. Since the campaign’s launch, more than seven million people have visited the website and more than 2.8 million have joined the Facebook community or YouTube channel.
The website is a gateway to stories from veterans that the VA hopes will provide strength to other veterans who are struggling with mental illnesses. It also contains resources and local resource locators that veterans have used over 220,000 times.
The campaign is more than just a show of support. It is an active program that teaches support strategies and builds a community around a common goal of addressing mental illness among veterans. VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said, “We all have the ability to influence a friend or loved one in a positive way – that’s why Make the Connection was created.”
A veteran can suffer from many different types of mental health conditions related to his or her time in service. When a mental illness is linked to a veteran’s military service, he or she may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits. If you are seeking disability benefits and have been denied by the VA, contact Veterans Help Group® for help. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.