ECU professor calls attention to mental health challenges for military personnel, families

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A local doctor and ECU professor is calling attention to the mental health challenges military personnel and their families face.

Dr. Mark Stebnicki spoke on the subject at the Eastern Region Adult Services Conference Thursday in Greenville.

Stebnicki talked with health professionals about techniques for treating the mental health of active and retired soldiers and their loved ones.VET HEALTH

He said there is a lot of stigma in the military with mental health issues but it’s important to not be ashamed to seek help, “Counselors can help family members understand and try to normalize some of the feelings they’re having in order to build resiliency and coping.”

Dr. Stebnicki created the Military Trauma Counseling Certificate program at ECU as well as the Certified Clinical Military Counselor program offered through the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of North Carolina.

North Carolina is home to the third-largest military population in the country.

 

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