According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 773,063 veterans living in New York state. That’s nearly 800 thousand people who could possibly be affected by critical incident stress for which they may or may not be seeking help.
Also interesting to note is that 6.6 percent of these veterans are unemployed, 6.6 percent live below the poverty level, and 28.7 percent are disabled. This greatly increases the likelihood that they’re not seeking critical incident stress management through traditional channels.
New Peer Support Program For Veterans In New York
It was recently announced that the state government of New York will be funding a peer support program for veterans as a way to make sure that these service people are getting the help they need.
According to a report in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the program “aims to bring veterans together in a secure, anonymous setting in order to help one another cope with the effects of PTSD and TBI.” The program will employ the services of two military combat veterans who have undergone peer support training and development courses, and will be supervised by Dr. Lydia Edelhaus.
The creation of this program further underscores the growing demand for peer support specialists who’ve had the proper critical incident stress management training.
New Opportunities For Peer Support Specialists
With this new program in New York state, more veterans will be able to take advantage of the PTSD support that only their peers can provide. It’s hoped that with the lower cost and lower social stigma of seeking help from fellow veterans, as opposed to clinical counselors, veterans will reach out for help sooner, and avoid emotional breakdowns that disrupt their lives.
Contact Peer Support Central to learn how our peer support training and development courses can help you take part in this revolution.