This is a blog by a former CEO of a large Boston hospital to share thoughts about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues.
The recognition of Memorial Day combined with recent news has been a grim reminder of the fact that our service members suffer both emotional and physical wounds in defense of our freedom. It is troubling that stigmas still exist that prevent people from seeking help for emotional issues, especially when there are resources available that are designed to help them identify their own symptoms and access assistance before a problem becomes critical. As a military spouse I would like to share a program that many have found helpful – Military Pathways [http://www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org]. This program offers veterans, service members, and their families anonymous and free online mental self-assessments - 24 hours/day, 7 days a week - for a range of emotional issues that are often misunderstood and are hard for individuals to handle on their own. For many this has been the first step towards healing. I hope that you will share this resource with your friends and family as it can truly make a difference in the lives of our troops and their families.Elizabeth Sisto
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