Working to Defeat the Stigma Around Mental Health - Cohen Veterans Network
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Working to Defeat the Stigma Around Mental Health

In addition to providing high-quality, no-cost, confidential mental health care to veterans and their families, the Cohen Veterans Network works to dispel the stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental health issues. Joining us in this effort are a pair of post-9/11 Medal of Honor Recipients: Kyle White and Ryan Pitts, who share their mental health journey after service.

White, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, credits the treatment he received after combat with allowing him to transition successfully into civilian life.


Pitts (L) and White at the Philadelphia clinic opening event in October.

“I admitted I needed help — and here I am today, and everything is OK. Maybe I can use my example to encourage a veteran or a family member that it’s going to be OK. If I can do it, they can do it,” White says.

Pitts, who also served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, believes strongly that all veterans have earned a right to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

“A lot of times we as veterans marginalize the invisible wounds, when they are every bit as significant if not more so debilitating than the physical ones. This is where it’s important to have CVN, to have a network throughout the U.S. where veterans can get mental health care to overcome those challenges,” Pitts says.

Both White and Pitts delivered this message at various public events at the launch of each new Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic market throughout 2016. They will continue to support the journey in de-stigmatizing mental health care for veterans in 2017 in hopes their fellow struggling veterans will seek the care they need.

By Anthony Guido, CVN Vice President of Communications & Marketing