In the past decade, suicide has become an epidemic plaguing the military and veteran community, with upwards of 20 suicides a day by veterans, service members, Guard Members and Reservists. To play a role in combatting this crisis, Mad in America has launched the Veterans, Service Members & Military Families Initiative, under the editorship of Amanda Burrill, to help the community become better educated and to assist service members, veterans and their families to identify alternatives to the dominant drug-based model of mental health. If you have queries about this page please get in touch with Amanda.
The risks and harms of psychiatric medications on the military and veteran population must be addressed. This MIA page is dedicated to sharing accounts of navigating healthcare and the challenges therein, identifying holes in the system, and providing knowledge on resources and alternative therapies to those who wish to make informed decisions.
The holistic approach to healing that’s drastically improved my life requires time and attention. Modern medicine rarely spares these resources, opting instead to medicate symptoms rather than identify their underlying causes. This band-aid approach is a dangerous holding pattern, not a solution, to those who want to thrive.
Through a great deal of self-advocacy, I took the offensive in my health. As I began to publicly discuss parts of my story it became clear: My struggle to get my health needs met was no outlier. Let’s join in raising our voices and sharing our experiences. In doing so, we stand to help our brothers and sisters, often unaware they’re being underserved. I’m honored to facilitate impactful content that aids and inspires others in gaining a sense of agency. Contact me and join our Facebook group.
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Support This Initiative
Mad in America Foundation needs your support to sustain this resource and critical psychiatry forum for veterans, military members, and their families. Please donate here, and check off the veterans box to support this initiative.
If you have a personal story to tell, or are involved in psychiatric care in some way, please send an inquiry to us.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion have begun to seek answers as to the role of antidepressant medications in causing suicides of service members, veterans and their families. Check back soon to learn more about what they are working on to save the lives of those within this community.
For more info on suicide and antidepressants, see MIA report on Suicide in the Age of Prozac.
There are multiple resources on Mad in America for researching the effects of psychiatric drugs, alternative non-drug therapies, and withdrawal from such medications. These various resources are listed in the menu bar under drugs and parents. Specifically:
In-depth reviews of antipsychotics and antidepressants; non-drug therapies for anxiety, depression and PTSD; and withdrawal resources, includes a directory of providers who will support people who want to taper from psychiatric medications. The Parents section provides similar reviews of treatments for children and adolescents.
In addition, you can access our archival reports of findings about psychiatric drugs that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.