The effect on family members of Veterans and First Responders (VFRs) who are suffering from substance use or mental health disorders can be severe.
Military households face the anxiety and strain of having loved ones deployed or assigned. When the individual returns, additional stress within the family can occur as a result of trauma generated by that individual’s service, which may have led to unhealthy habits and disorders. The family dynamic changes and conflict can occur.
Similarly, First Responders face tremendous amounts of stress due to their professional responsibilities. This can make it difficult to balance work experiences with everyday life and negatively impact relationships with their family, partners, and friends.
Further, these family members and concerned loved ones themselves may also be suffering from acute or post-traumatic stress disorder and social/emotional detachment issues. Unhealthy coping behaviors and a lack of healthy support can set off a downward spiral for all involved.
As a result of all this, the SMART Veterans and First Responder Community wants to provide direct help to families and concerned loved ones. We are offering a chance for their voices to be heard, so that the process of learning to manage their own self-care and develop new ways to effectively interact with their loved one can begin.
On Saturday November 19th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm ET, we will be holding a special SMART Family & Friends of Veterans & First Responders support group meeting. Registration for this meeting will be free and open to family members and concerned loved ones of those within the VFR Community who are suffering with substance use or mental health disorders.
Please join us to begin the process of support, understanding and cooperative change!
Registration is open until November 17th at 11:59 p.m. ET
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Veterans & First Responders Meeting – wondering if you will be holding any more do these meetings? Sorry to see I missed this one.
Hello Jennifer, thanks for your interest. We hope to be offering more of these meetings in the future and will announce them as soon as they are confirmed.