Mental Health and Stressors in Military Families
Military families may experience unique mental health concerns from stressors such as deployment, relocation, injury, and the trauma of war. The following resources provide information and websites to support the mental health of military children and their families.
Military Children and Families
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides information and resources for educators, families, and mental health professionals to help military children who experience the challenges of military life and culture.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides informational support to America’s service men and women, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible and outcomes are successful.
Helping Children Cope With Loss Resulting From War or Terrorism
Mental Health America
Identifies common ways a child may cope with a loss and provides tips for helping children and adolescents grieve.
Helping Children Deal With War
Mental Health America
Provides tips based on age range for helping children and adolescents deal with war.
Honoring Our Babies
ZERO TO THREE
Shows professionals and parents methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss due to a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.
Resources for Families
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Provides listings of factsheets, guides, and websites designed to provide support for the challenges military families face.
Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families: What Every Policymaker Should Know (PDF - 554 KB)
National Center for Children in Poverty (2010)
Explains to policymakers characteristics of children of military families, the impact of deployments on children’s mental health, and recommended policies for ensuring mental health services for these children.
When One Spouse Returns from Deployment: Tips for MRE Practitioners Working with Military Couples (PDF - 162 KB)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (2010)
Provides practitioners working with couples upon return from deployment recommended skills to work on during marriage and relationship education (MRE) classes.