UBH Denton Praises New Legislation Helping Female Trauma Victims
As a comprehensive psychiatric hospital based in Denton, Texas, UBH Denton explains that the diversity of mental health issues that impact returning service men and women is extensive. Although the still misunderstood condition of post-traumatic stress disorder has gained great spotlight in recent years—especially among military veterans—UBH, also known as University Behavioral Health Denton, notes that there are many other conditions that these service members can experience.
Through its Freedom Care Military Program, UBH Denton has founded a specific division that focuses on the unique issues that can affect men and women who have experienced significant trauma while defending the nation. Apart from the immense negative response a man or woman can exhibit after suffering a physical injury while in service, UBH explains that many problems, namely those involving mental health, among military personnel go unnoticed and untreated for far too long.
The most predominant of these problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is often difficult for many military veterans to identify, as the symptoms can be hard to define and the causes can be far reaching. In addition, many who suffer from PTSD—service-induced or otherwise—often fail to seek proper treatment in fear of proving inadequate. As suicides among military veterans continue to raise concerns among families and American citizens, the government and mental health officials have begun to take measures to better address PTSD and the other mental health conditions that impact men and women who have served.
While a great deal of PTSD awareness has focused on the male service member population, UBH Denton explains that women are just as prone to experiencing the condition. In addition, many female service members are likely to have developed PTSD as a result of military sexual trauma—a prominent issue that UBH believes needs to be addressed both by the government and health communities.
A recent article from The Legislative Gazette discusses the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) incidents among women in the military and reveals, “Military sexual trauma, which encompasses physical assault, battery, or sexual harassment occurring while a veteran is serving on active duty or training, has become a leading disorder for women veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs acknowledges that in a screening for military personnel seeking VA health care, one in five women responded ‘yes’ when screened for MST.” According to UBH, those numbers may even prove higher as some respondents may be afraid to make their situation known.
Fortunately, The Legislative Gazette reveals that current legislative action is being taken to help protect these women and help them find adequate treatment resources. The article specifies, “As members of Congress shine a light on the treatment of women service members in the U.S. military during hearings in Washington D.C., Sen. Kevin Parker has unveiled a legislative package addressing a range of issues facing New York veterans—from post-service homelessness to alcohol and substance abuse. Of the six bills introduced, one (S.909/A.6227) would amend the mental hygiene law to address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans… Parker’s bill would require information such as treatments and counseling made available to women veterans, as well as an increase in awareness about the disorder.”
In a recent press statement, University Behavioral Health Denton supports the measure, “UBH Denton recognizes the need for us to protect and provide for those that serve our country. Our Exclusively Women’s program was founded to offer help for women that have experienced trauma—including military sexual trauma. University Behavioral Health Denton praises any legislation that provides additional coverage for veterans seeking help from PTSD and other mental illnesses.”
The Denton, Texas-based psychiatric hospital applauds Sen. Kevin Parker for his outspoken efforts to amplify veteran resources in mental health, as well as to increase awareness of all forms of trauma service men and women may face. In The Legislative Gazette, Parker explains, “New York does not abandon our service women and men when they come home, yet there is much more we can do…This legislative package is meant to help our service men and women suffering from [post-traumatic stress disorder] and military sexual trauma, and also those men and women who are facing the scourge of substance abuse, and homeless. Our veterans served when we needed them, and we will be there for them now when they need us.”
The move for the bill has been supported and endorsed by many other activists pushing for improved veterans’ mental health services. As University Behavioral Health explains, the evidence of military sexual trauma and other service-induced mental health issues indicates how great the need for enhanced treatment is. For example, The Legislative Gazette explains, “As has been determined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during recent hearings on military sexual trauma, more than 85,000 veterans in 2012 were treated for injuries or illness stemming from sexual abuse in the military. Additionally, the number of service members who anonymously reported some form of unwanted sexual contact rose from 19,300 in 2011 to roughly 26,000 last year. This horrific epidemic of abuse needs to be addressed immediately, as the Pentagon has acknowledged.”
University Behavioral Health Denton remains supportive of Sen. Kevin Parker and all others working to provide veterans with greater mental health benefits and treatment options. However, the Texas-based psychiatric hospital adds that service men and women who are currently experiencing mental health problems should not wait for greater government-backed support. As such, the facility continues to provide extensive treatment options for military veterans—and many other patients—through its unique and diverse programs. The staff at UBH Denton continues to encourage individuals who are currently experiencing signs of PTSD, depression or other mental health conditions to seek care from a professional immediately.
The University of Behavioral Health Denton, is a freestanding psychiatric hospital in northern Texas. Founded in 2005, this facility offers services in mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Specifically, the staff at UBH maintains a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments that have proven positive outcomes. UBH Denton remains committed to serving the diverse needs of patients, including younger children and teenagers and offers inpatient and outpatient options.