The Ohana Homefront Foundation Mental Health Team Mission Statement
According to the 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report from the US Department of Veteran Affairs, in 2019 there was an average of 17.2 veteran suicides per day. Despite efforts to improve access to mental health services, the 2021 Blue Star Families Survey indicates that families still experience barriers to mental health care and active-duty family member respondents continue to report difficulty scheduling appointments, difficulty getting time off work for treatment, difficulty finding child care, and concerns about confidentiality. The US Department of Veteran Affairs has received criticism for not providing adequate care. For example, a survey from 2021 found that around 35 percent of U.S. veterans felt health care from the VA was generally worse than what most Americans receive, while 34 percent felt it was about the same and only 21 percent felt it was generally better.
The impact of inadequate access and lack of quality care does not affect just our service members, it affects their families and the military community. The mission of the Ohana Homefront Foundation is to end suicide within our entire military community. We do this through helping service members to safely process traumatic experiences and providing crisis intervention, and empowering military spouses to feel confident and supported in caring for their service member and children, through creating connection to communities and providing resources for their own healing.
Ohana Homefront Foundation counseling department is a team of professionals including counselors, life coaches, and case managers. Our team understands that it takes a village and we are here to create a military community free of stigma and shame, learn about resources and treatment available to you.