Military service and Mental health
For our military families, welcome to our office.
It is a privilege to support and attend to the needs of America’s heros; the men and women who have made the sacrifices to defend our freedom. On behalf of the staff at the Life Center, we would like to thank you for your service. We will do everything in our ability to support you and your family with the needs you present to us. We are greatly honored that you have selected the Life Center and are committed to provide specialized services unique to our military families and are committed to assist you through each stage of your journey.
Psychological illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person's thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, psychological illnesses are brain-based conditions that often result in a variety of symptoms that can affect daily life.
Psychological illnesses include:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Military Sexual Trauma
Reserves and National Guards
Readjustment in to civilian life
Veterans comprise 22.2% of all suicides
Problems rarely just go away by themselves and living with unhappiness may not be your only choice.
If your are worried, angry, depressed, anxious, frustrated, frightened or unhappy with your relationships or life dilemmas, we can help. Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals.
"We are committed to seeking the most effective interventions in promting the mental and emotional well-being of adults, adolescents and families in Renville and the surrounding communities."
Dr. Wendie Discher
UWS Support Group
Sharing your story with other soldiers may help you feel more comfortable talking about your problems, concerns, or adjustment to civilian life. It also may help to listen to other people talk about their experiences. Peer support groups can help you cope with memories of the trauma or other parts of your life that you are having trouble dealing with as a result of your service in the military. By joining a support group, you may learn to deal with emotions such as anger, shame, guilt, and fear if you open up to others who understand.
When you connect with other soldiers it can help you feel better. You can work together with others to get better at talking about what is going on in your life or learning how to ask for help when you need it.
Joining a support group can help you to feel better in any number of ways, such as:
Knowing that others are going through something similar
Learning tips on how to handle day-to-day challenges
Meeting new friends or connecting to others who understand you
Learning how to talk about things that bother you or how to ask for help
Learning to trust other people
Hearing about helpful new perspectives from others
At the Life Center, we are committed to supporting our American heroes by offering a monthly support group in our Renville and Alexandria locations. Professionally facilitated the Life Center's UWA mission centers around: United We Stand. Feel free to contact the office at 320-329-4357 for more information.
R.S.V.P. requested, but not required. Call Holly Johner at 320.329.4357 for more information. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
700 Cedar Building Ste. 228
Alexandria, MN 56308
2nd Thursday of Every Month
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
316 Park Ave E.
Renville, MN 56284
3rd Saturday of Every Month
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Department of Defense offers free confidential, short-term, non-medical counseling to eligible service members and their families. The counseling is offered for help with marital problems, parenting, stress management, grief and loss, and other issues. It's available in several formats, including face-to-face with trained counselors who hold master's or doctorate's degrees in a mental health field, and are independently licensed.
Confidential services, including non-medical counseling and specialty consultations, are available through Military OneSource. Eligible individuals may receive confidential services at no cost Don't be afraid that seeking counseling will negatively affect your career or your spouse's career. Non-medical counselors can be trusted to keep your information private. A family member or a legal guardian of a service member's dependents can use non-medical counseling sessions without the service member's knowledge. The service member or other eligible family members would still be able to use their own 12 sessions.
You can schedule face-to-face, non-medical counseling by calling a consultant at 800-342-9647. If the consultant determines the service is right for you, up to 12 counseling sessions will be authorized and the consultant will put you in touch with a counselor that best suits your needs. The consultant may offer to schedule the first session.
Once you get authorization for a face-to-face session, you have 30 days to schedule it. If you're not able to start your sessions within those 30 days, you can call Military OneSource to start over.
As a Military One Source provider, Dr. Discher, Ph.D. has the qualifications and experience to address the unique and specific issues our service members deal with, whether on active duty, inactive duty, in the Reserves or National Guards, or a retired veteran.
Since 9/11, 2.4 million brave men and women have deployed around the world to fight for our country. The percentage of those returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is staggering. As these numbers continue to grow, it becomes more and more difficult for warriors to access timely and effective mental health treatment for PTSD, TBI and other invisible wounds.
Warrior Care Network® is more than a PTSD program, it is a first-of-its-kind partnership between Wounded Warrior Project® and four national academic medical centers of excellence including Emory Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and UCLA Health. In cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, this program will connect thousands of warriors with world-class care.
Warrior Care Network is a $100 million commitment to battle the invisible wounds of war by filling gaps in government care and reaching those who might otherwise go untreated. Wounded warriors will be connected with partner hospitals for evaluation and treatment options, enabling life changing PTSD help.
All treatment is provided at no cost to the warrior, and travel is provided at no cost to warriors and family members. Dedicated to providing veterans PTSD help, Warrior Care Network is a collaboration aimed at creating a nationwide, comprehensive care network that will enhance access and provide clinical and family-centered treatment to veterans needing treatment for PTSD, TBI and other related conditions.
As our military's health care insurer, TriCare is accepted at Discher and Assoc. Since the above programs dont always meet every individual's needs, it's good to know you'll never need to worry about the cost of you mental health care needs.
Additional resources available to our veterans:
Veteran Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 Press 1
National Center for PTSD
Veterans Linkage Line
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Disabled American Veterans
Miliatary One Souce
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