Because of the stigma associated with seeking mental health care, many service members are reluctant to seek treatment. Navy Capt. Todd Kruder understands this firsthand. Before receiving treatment, Kruder suffered from severe depression and suicidal thoughts. In this video, Kruder discusses how he overcame the stigma of mental illness and his journey toward recovery, which offers hope to those who may be suffering in silence that their lives can improve.
Featured in the video is the Real Warriors Campaign, a multimedia public education effort to combat the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care. Visit realwarriors.net for a variety of information, resources and opportunities to connect with other service members, veterans and families. You may also find the resources below helpful:
- DCoE Outreach Center
- Military Pathways
- Military OneSource
- National Center for PTSD
- Make the Connection
If you’re a service member in crisis, or know someone who is, free and confidential support is available 24/7 through the Military Crisis Line. Call 800-273-8255 (press 1), chat online or text 838255 for immediate assistance.