We all have unique experiences:
As a civilian, I do not know first hand what veterans or those in active duty experience, but as a professional social worker and as a human, I do know the impact that depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, addiction, grief, loss and pain can have on one’s psyche.
Personally, I have not always had a handle on these things but I have learned how to handle them over time in my life. The process or “the journey” is not always easy, but the destination is well worth the work. Many of us think that happiness is “out there” or down the road somewhere in the future. It’s not. It is inside of us, right here, right now, but is simply masked or overshadowed by darkness. For many, that darkness is always lurking.
Ways to get out from it is as simple as one decision. I want to be better or I will be better.
The question is, how? The answer is, to seek light.
Light comes from that place inside where a spark lights a smile across your face.
It can come from:
It is joy in it’s simplest form. Remember to seek these things. Remember the feeling that comes over you and create these moments for yourself. To help yourself, avoid isolation. Even in these trying times of COVID, seek connection. People need people and we all need help. HicksStrong is one way to get help and make connections. Make that call and start your journey. We are in this together.
Tina Pantuso, LCSW
Thank you to the Caserta family for standing in the gap and fighting for change.
Many of our nation’s military feel this way. We are here to help and you are not alone.
“I have been fortunate enough to have been attending therapy sessions via FaceTime with Dr. Tucci for about 6 months now. The reason I first contacted Dr. Tucci was due to my high levels of anxiety, alcohol dependency, and stress control. During the last 6 months with the help of weekly and bi weekly sessions I have drastically improved my stress and anxiety levels as well as significantly decreased my alcohol consumption. The greatest thing about this has been a change that is not immediate but is gradual. If you were to tell me I would have to abstain from alcohol for a week I would have laughed at you, now I am fortunate enough to say I would have no problem not drinking for any amount of time. Therapy has benefited me both physically and mentally and continues to do so with every session.”
This is why we do what we do. He will become an exceptional member of our armed services because he had the courage to seek help. Please let this testimony be reminder that no matter how tough you may be it is ok to speak to a qualified, confidential counselor to help you through difficult situations.
We would like to thank you Staff Sgt. for being vulnerable to seek help, for putting in the work and growing in the amazing soldier you are and will become, and lastly for being here each day. We salute you!
“(NEWSER) – A sailor from the USS Columbia submarine killed two civilian workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and injured another Wednesday before taking his own life, authorities say. “
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To call this a tragedy, is an understatement. The internal struggle many of us face on a daily basis, is no short of calamity status. We don’t know this person’s reasons for what they did. we can only hope to learn from it.
Please, if you are fighting a battle, don’t go at it alone. We are here. And we will do everything in our power to help.
We need to stop this epidemic. We are here to help those military members work through their PTSD, depression, anxieties, etc. Show your support for our cause by stopping by www.hicksstrong.org for more information or share it with your military friends that may need the help. The number of Airmen taking their own lives, has already exceeded last year’s total. 78 Air Force members in the first 7 months of 2019. 78. Read that again. SEVENTY-EIGHT. 78 families torn apart. 78 futures that won’t continue. This is what 78 people looks like, on a small scale.
Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth O. Wright told Military.com during a visit to a base in New Jersey that he wanted kites to stop and handle all the unresolved emotional problems that they buried deep within themselves.
Wright said he wanted to help the pilots regain a sense of purpose for the job, even if they carry personal problems…………Feedback from pilots, said Wright, who felt worse during the broadcasts, was that they had no contact with members of their unit and the friends and family they left behind at home. ” ( https://whatsnew2day.com/ )
Making meaningful connections at home or abroad, helps. A phone call asking, hey, how are ya.. Can I do anything… it could be that simple.
My goodness I miss our boy! Please help us save other families from knowing this pain. – share our social media pages – visit our website – donate – sponsor a Hug Mug – stop and thank a service member – replace some of the unnecessary Christmas gifts with items our deployed service members are in need of. (Send them to us, we can get them out)