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Mental Wellness in Military Children

Posted by USFHP on May 25, 2022 1:02:00 PM

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Mental wellness is so important and should be a topic of concern in military children. Imagine the types of trauma a child goes through with their parent(s) being in the military.

There are over 1.2 million military children in the United States sacrificing in so many ways and facing a lot of difficult challenges.

Children of active duty service members could have a higher risk of developing mental health issues. Problems such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and behavioral issues are all common.

Being a child with a parent, or even both parents in the military can be hard, fun, sad, and yet still adventurous. Children sometimes tend to have a hard time settling in places that are new and different from things that they’ve been used to.

It’s important to pay attention to your children even when you think they’re okay. Behavioral issues and mental health problems should be handled at their early stages. If you notice changes in your child’s behavior it is recommended to take them to a specialist.

Military children have to constantly adjust to different changes in their lives. Sometimes their mom or dad gets deployed to a different place, which means they may have to move a lot. Or in some cases, the parent may get deployed for certain assignments, and the families are left behind. On average, military families move every 2 to 3 years. These kids have to find new friends, a new school, and a new place to call home.

About 37% of children are concerned about what could happen to their deployed parent(s).

Even if you feel like your child is used to the frequent changes, it’s important to check in with them and have a conversation about how they are feeling. Some children close off and hide their true emotions.

USFHP’s TRICARE Prime Plan provides behavioral health benefits with access to one-hour outpatient therapy up to twice a week.

Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

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