Report: Chaplains Say Many Veterans, Service Members Seek Help From Clergy, Not Mental Health Professionals

The Dallas (TX) Morning News (2/9, Aguilera) reports that approximately “59 percent of chaplains in the VA system and 79 percent in the active-duty military said they perceive that veterans and service members commonly seek help from clergy instead of a mental” healthcare professional, “according to a 2013 report published by the VA and the Pentagon.” Meanwhile, “over 80 percent of chaplains working in the VA system or in the active-duty military said it’s not uncommon to meet a veteran or service member who is suicidal, according to the survey.”

Related Links:

— “Dallas VA conference discusses clergy’s role in suicide prevention,” Jasmine Aguilera, Dallas Morning News, February 8, 2015.

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