Spotlight on Behavioral Health Can Help Veterans Going Into Fall Season

PHOENIX (September 15, 2023) — September is recognized as both National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month – important observances that help raise awareness about addiction recovery and suicide prevention. Veterans and those close to them affected by these behavioral health issues should know they are not alone to face their challenges.

According to research published by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), nearly one in five Americans live with behavioral health challenges and approximately 1.7 million Veterans receive treatment in a year.

There are several free behavioral health and wellness resources available to help Veterans and their loved ones navigate behavioral health challenges. At TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest), our Behavioral Health team is also committed to helping Veterans and those around them find solutions to personal wellness issues.

Recently, TriWest interviewed Dr. Blake Chaffee, Vice President of Integrated Health Services for TriWest in observance of Recovery Month, taking a closer look at recovery for addictive substance abuse. “We’re all involved in recovery, and it’s a collective responsibility,” he said.

To learn more about Dr. Chaffee’s observations on addiction recovery, read a recent Healthy Homefront® feature sharing his insights on how Veterans can find support for this behavioral health challenge.

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, Dr. Lori Highberger, TriWest Deputy Chief Medical Officer, shared her insights about lethal means safety and how certain practices help prevent suicide. “We need to make sure everyone knows there is someone out there who cares, and can intervene and help even in the smallest ways when our friends, our family are in a crisis,” she says.

To learn more about Dr. Highberger’s insights on lethal means safety practices to help prevent suicide, view TriWest's new Behavioral Health video.

As an organization serving those who served, TriWest is committed to helping Veterans locate resources and programs to help them with their behavioral health challenges.