This is quite interesting. I’ve been vocal about my passion in supporting the elimination of the stigma surrounding Mental Illness, about suicide prevention among other things. I have to admit, I haven’t really heard of the term “Moral Injury” until now. I feel really sad seeing homeless vets in the streets with obvious signs of mental illness. After all they’ve given up for our country. We’re enjoying our freedom and we hear about these things. I wish we can do more for them.
I found this post on Steve Rose‘ blog and I thought of sharing it. Thanks for this post, Steve. We should really bring awareness on this issue and hopefully it can be addressed. They deserve better considering all the sacrifices they’ve made. We should do something about the mental health services provided to military employees because I hear of much bureaucracy involved and it has to be curbed.
Moral injury occurs when a person blames themselves for an incident they did not have control over. In order to encourage healing, we need to confront the issue publicly by listening to those on the front lines of our nations foreign policy. Rather than blaming themselves, the national conscience needs to process the complicated moral reality of war.
LIVE LAUGH … BELLE PAPILLON
Invisible injuries inflict psychological pain that can drive sufferers to end their lives. Although many of these invisible injuries are now well-known, there is a new name for a timeless problem that has affected millions, under the radar.
In recent years, moral injury has come to be defined as a profound sense of guilt or shame resulting from a perceived moral transgression or sense of disillusionment resulting from an institutional betrayal.
It is no surprise that moral injury is a major problem among those who find themselves in the fog of war, fighting for survival, having to make snap life or death decisions; Is the car barreling toward the camp a suicide bomber or a lost and frantic civilian? Or on a broader level, are we actually helping the people we were supposedly sent to help?
Those who are sent to do our nations dirty work are also often burdened by…
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