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Military families are seeking more mental health services

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Posted at 11:08 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 11:08:52-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mental health experts say that military families and veterans are reaching out more for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that clinicians providing help online have seen requests skyrocket.

Sarah Pitzen is the lead clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center in Virginia Beach.

She said staff have had to provide additional support to current clients because their “pre-existing conditions had worsened.”

Pitzen said they’re also seeing a rise in risks associated with domestic violence, suicide and addiction.

Clinicians are also seeing more stress, anxiety and depression.