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Provider Spotlight - Stacy Y.

Posted by Give an Hour Admin on March 10, 2016 3:30 PM EST
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Provider Stacy Y. shares her experience as a mental health provider and Give an Hour volunteer.

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I’ve been a LCSW in private practice since 2006.  In 2013, I commissioned into the Wyoming Army National Guard as a Behavioral Health Officer. Once I started thinking more about Soldiers and treatment, I found Give an Hour and signed up.  

It’s taken three years to get my first client in Give an Hour…a combat medic who struggles with PTSD and flashbacks on a regular basis. I’m so thankful that he finally reached out and is getting the support he needs.  On the military side, I continue to be amazed at how much the stigma of mental health treatment continues to hold on.  Soldiers are starting to look for treatment and often believe that their only option is the VA. They are open to the Give an Hour concept because of the anonymity as well as the fact it is no cost.  

I wrote a standard letter to Soldiers who go through the PHA process on a yearly basis, and includes Give an Hour. A PHA is an annual physical health assessment that every Soldier goes through to evaluate whether they are deployable or not.  Soldiers have to see a dentist, get immunizations, blood drawn, vision checked, meet with a physician, and see a mental health officer.  I was saying this same information over and over and decided to just put it in writing. (See attachment)

Many of the Soldiers I see are just feeling the impact of deployment after 8+ years home.  They are finally seeing that they may need some additional treatment.  It is often their families/spouses who point out that there is something “off” or “shifting” inside of them and ask them to seek further information and treatment about PTSD.   

I’m in a unique position because I was a mental health provider before I became a military member.  So, I have a completely different view of mental health and treatment compared to those who were in the military first.  It’s been eye opening to help Soldiers and their families understand various ways to access treatment as well as all of the varying options for treatment.  Getting to Soldiers to the right treatment and connecting them with the right provider is crucial.  Many of these men and women give mental health treatment one shot.  If it isn’t a fit, they won’t go back.  

In some ways, Wyoming has been ahead of the curve in thinking about mental health because they included behavioral health officers as part of the PHA process early on, they have sent Behavoiral Health Officers (BHO) to post-deployment locations to connect with returning Wyoming Soldiers, and they have BHOs attached to deployable units, allowing them to connect and build relationships prior to deployment.

Informing Soldiers that Give an Hour is a treatment option helps the cycle of mental health and closes the circle for when a Soldier returns from deployment.  Often, access to treatment at the VA is a long, arduous, inconsistent process.  I’m honored to bring the two together!

To sign up for more information and opportunities in the Reserve Component program, click here to fill out a brief webform or use this link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=a4edcc8c8f6440faafdf30a1aa6ddcbc

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