Changing the Way We Think about Veteran Mental Health
As part of the Head Space and Timing blog and podcast, located at www.veteranmentalhealth.com, I'm interested in gathering some insights into experiences that veterans and mental health professionals have regarding therapy or mental health counseling. A bit of background: the developer of this survey, Duane France, is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a licensed professional counselor working with Veterans in Colorado.

If you're a veteran and have either engaged in mental health treatment or considered it, I would appreciate your answers to the questions below. Your answers will help me to provide understanding to my fellow mental health professionals about how a veteran looks at mental health counseling.

If you're a mental health professional and have worked with or are considering working with veterans, I would appreciate your answers to those questions that pertain to you. Your insight will help me to demystify the therapeutic process for my fellow veterans.

Your answers are entirely confidential and any identifying information you provide will not be revealed. By submitting this survey, you are allowing your responses to be used by Head Space and Timing and the Colorado veterans Health and Wellness Agency in any and all print, audio, or digital format.

Thank you for your willingness to participate!

For Veterans: What do you think therapy is like, if you've never participated in it? (if not a veteran, say N/A)
Your answer
For Veterans: If you've worked with a mental health professional before, how did you come to trust...or not trust...the therapist? (if not a veteran, say N/A)
Your answer
For Veterans: What do you think was the biggest risk when it came to telling your story to a mental health professional? (if not a veteran, say N/A)
Your answer
For Veterans: When you first started working with a mental health professional, how much hope did you have in the process? (if not a veteran, say N/A)
Your answer
For Mental Health Professionals: What is the best way you've found to help develop awareness in a veteran regarding their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors? (if not a mental health professional, say N/A)
Your answer
For Mental Health Professionals: If a veteran says, "I'm not sure I'm going to be able to trust you," what is your response? (if not a mental health professional, say N/A)
Your answer
For Mental Health Professionals: Many veterans I've worked with are hesitant to tell their story, because they think anyone who hears it will consider them a monster. What would you say to them? (if not a mental health professional, say N/A)
Your answer
For Mental Health Professionals: Often, a veteran or someone who cares for them will come to you looking to "fix" them. Assuming you don't consider them as something broken that needs to be fixed, how would you respond to someone who wants you to "fix" them? (if not a mental health professional, say N/A)
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