It’s Veteran’s Day, and Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing a bill that would support military veterans with expanded mental health services in an effort to stem the growing suicide rate. At a stop in Syracuse Monday, Schumer said 1,500 veterans in New York State have committed suicide in the past 10 years. He says the measure is geared toward “state side” veterans…those who are not deployed and not eligible for some psychological support benefits.
Sen. Chuck Schumer outlines the need for better mental health screening for all service members and veterans.
Schumer also says the trauma suffered by veteran who are not deployed should not be underestimated.
One of the most prevalent health issues is literally killing people in New York at a rate that’s jumped in the last decade. May is mental health awareness month…and experts say many either ignore or avoid getting diagnosed. David Hullett is medical director for Optum, part of United Health Group to improve care and services. He says disorders might hospitalize someone…but others are on the more mild side of the spectrum.