MSBHC Featured in "Humans on the Homefront"

“I grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts. My brother was a veteran, and post 9-11, I was horrified that there were more deaths by suicide than by combat. I decided I was going to join the military as a psychologist.”

“I spoke to a recruiter in Boston, and he sent me to Hawaii to meet with a recruiter at Tripler. And instead of recruiting me to join the Army, that man recruited me to marry him. And I did.”

“In October 2012, I’d been thinking about how I know a lot of clinicians and a lot of military spouses, but never both. It was kind of lonely, and I knew there had to be others like me who had struggled with licensure and employment. I met another woman who was a military spouse and clinician and we bonded over the isolation. We needed a place to ask questions about licenses, exams, schools and job prospects, and to find support. We needed a community -- a network. So, we decided to start one. Since then, my friend has moved on, but after several years of building, we are bigger than ever before.”

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“Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians (MSBHC) is now a non-profit organization, open to veterans, spouses, significant others and partners, and we make sure that this population of Clinicians is getting all they need. I wanted to be able to help military spouses and their families and our military community. What stemmed from a passion to better understand the crisis of mental health and suicide, is now a network of almost 3000 clinicians and growing. We are doing more than just providing emotional support -- we offer training, tools, guidance and expertise, and we are everywhere. We now have a dual role, we support our clinicians, but we also support organizations – to include the Defense Department and VA – by providing Subject Matter Expertise. It’s a win-win; we help our spouses who in turn help tackle the shortage of mental health providers that exists in both the civilian and military communities.”

“We need to stem the tide of suicide and reduce the stigma around seeking care for mental health. What’s at the heart of everything is awareness. Get educated. Volunteer. Spread the word. Donate your time. And if you’re interested in becoming a Clinician join us. It is incredible what we can accomplish together.”

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