Active-Duty Service Member Story
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I had quite a few problems with it to were I just didn't want to go because I didn't feel like I was going to get the help I needed. I mean a lot didn't want too go because we were afraid of getting looked at being crazy and I went once and the doctor seemed like all they wanted to do is give me meds and didn't want to help I took the meds but they made it worse and there was no follow up. I went back and they said it was my fault because I didn't come in well hello I'm not a doctor and it should be there responsibility to follow up with the soldier but they don’t [and] Don't forget that the leaders is where it starts for soldiers to get help. I’ve seen it where a soldier told his leadership he wanted to go to mental health because he was going crazy and they just laughed at him. I'm surprised doesn't have more soldiers killing themselves [and] I know this because it's happened to me. I got blown up and got hella depressed and got in trouble and I said well I need help and they told me going to mental health isn't going to help you out of trouble so I didn't go and tried killing myself but it didn't work so I decided to call a close friend of mine and he helped a lot it's just the army is all messed up and all the NCOs care about now is themselves it's not like it used to be where NCOs would stick up for there soldiers and go to bat for them. I'm surprised doesn't have more soldiers killing themselves. I saw and see soldiers get out of the army and never got the help they needed, So it's not that the soldier doesn't know how to get help it's the leadership who isn't helping the soldier true statement