November is a time to support Veterans and their Caregivers. This month, Lock and Talk Virginia is recognizing National Family Caregivers Month and working to increase awareness and resources to service members, veterans, and their families. We are excited to share information and resources throughout November to promote positive, supportive conversations about mental wellness and suicide prevention in our communities.
Join the Lock and Talk National Family Caregivers Month Campaign:
- Share the Lock and Talk Media Release with valuable resources to help bring awareness to the month, share important trainings, and provide valuable resources to your community.
- Post one of the Lock and Talk Key Messages to your social media platforms using the Lock and Talk Social Media Toolkit. Be sure to also include and share your local community resources.
- Listen to and share the Lock and Talk National Family Caregivers Month Awareness Radio Ad.
As we honor military veterans on November 11th, National Family Caregivers Month in November also allows us to recognize the contributions of the 5.5 million caregivers who are supporting veterans that are experiencing disabilities, mental health challenges, or life stressors stemming from their time in service.
In 2018, 3.7 million veterans reported having a mental wellness issue or substance use disorder, and currently, 2.4 million veterans receive assistance from caregivers.
Caregivers of military families report struggling with mental wellness at a higher rate than non-caregivers and are at a higher risk of developing depression or anxiety.
Important resources to reference and share throughout the month include:
- Military Cultural Competency and Transition Awareness: Working with Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 PM.
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- Virtual Zoom Presentation: The Intricacies of Caring for the Veteran Population.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 PM.
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- Lock and Talk Service Member, Veteran and their Family Resources
- VA Caregiver Support Coordinator in Virginia
- VA Caregiver Support resources
- Call the Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1 or text "Hello" to the Veterans Crisis Textline: 838255
- Military OneSource
- Virginia Community Services Boards (CSBs)
A caregiver can be a parent, spouse, child, family member, or an individual who lives with the veteran. If you are a caregiver, with the right tools and resources, you can provide the proper care, while also taking care of yourself.
Join the talk about mental wellness today.