May’s Mental Health Message

A quick word about Mental Health Awareness Month

From Our Health and Wellness Director, Sean

As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important to acknowledge the unique challenges
faced by veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST). In a world with too few mental
health resources and support available, these brave heroes often suffer in silence. Statistics show that
service members are not only more likely to acknowledge they are at risk of developing mental issues
such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, but they’re also more likely to seek assistance if
they experience related symptoms due to their trauma. We need to recognize this fact and take active
steps towards providing meaningful assistance for those suffering from MST and other forms of trauma
within our veteran populations.
Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to shed light on an important topic that needs more
attention. It’s an opportunity to break the stigma that often surrounds mental health and to start an
open and honest conversation about the challenges that many people face. In this month, we can
acknowledge that mental health issues are just as critical as physical health problems, and society
should take it as a top priority to educate, provide resources, and support to those who are struggling.
As our lives become more complicated than ever, this month reminds us to reach out to support one
another and to continue advocating for mental health equity for every individual. Let’s work together to
create a world where seeking help for mental health is not stigmatized or taboo, but rather a
widespread and accepted practice.
Understanding Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and its impact on veterans
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is a serious issue that affects both men and women who serve or have
served in the military. The impact of MST on veterans cannot be overstated, as it can lead to a range of
physical, emotional, and mental health problems. For many veterans, coming forward and seeking help
for their experiences with MST can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that they are not alone.
Creating a safe and supportive environment for veterans to share their experiences is crucial in aiding
their recovery and promoting their long-term well-being. As a society, we must work towards raising
awareness of MST and the resources available to those affected by it. The Pink Berets honor those who
have served our country by offering them the support they deserve.
How to support MST survivors in their healing journey
Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) often face a long and difficult journey towards healing. It
takes immense courage to come forward and share their experiences. One of the most important ways
the Pink Berets do this is by creating a safe and supportive environment for them to share their stories.
We listen to their experiences without judgment, offer empathy and validation, and remind them that
their trauma does not define them. It’s also important to connect them with resources such as therapy,
support groups, or other forms of mental health assistance. Together, we can ensure that MST survivors
are heard, believed, and treated with the utmost care and respect they deserve.
The importance of self-care for veterans with MST
For veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST), taking care of oneself both physically
and mentally can be challenging. However, practicing self-care is crucial for veterans to heal and reclaim

their lives. Self-care can involve anything from exercise, therapy, meditation, or even something as
simple as taking a relaxing bath. We understand that this is not a “catch all” fix, but it’s an important
step. It’s essential to prioritize oneself and make self-care a part of one’s daily routine. Self-care can help
veterans recover their sense of self-worth and build healthy relationships. While it may feel
overwhelming to start this new journey, taking small steps towards self-care can make a significant
impact on a veteran’s life.
Mental health is something we all must take seriously and be mindful of. The Pink Berets spread
awareness and provide emotional, social, and psychological support for those who are suffering from
Military Sexual Trauma. By providing veterans with the appropriate resources and compassion, we can
ensure that they receive the healing journey they deserve. Furthermore, connecting with someone like
The Pink Berets will help you stay up to date on everything MST matters which allows us to continue the
fight in reducing sexual assault within the community. Remember there are those around us who may
be struggling and we must provide them a beacon of hope no matter how small or big it may seem. So
join now and take this time during Mental Health Awareness Month to speak your truth and join the
fight in supporting MST survivors every single day!