May is National Mental Health Month, a designation that began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health issues. The vast majority of mental health issues are treatable. The first and most important step is overcoming the fear of asking for help. This can be a huge stumbling block for those who serve and have served in the military, who may feel that needing help is a sign of weakness. It is up to all of us, as friends, family, co-workers and peers, to "have the backs" of our nation’s heroes. We need to encourage them to get professional help when they need it, and take the stigma out of treatment. Please check out some of the mental health resources featured in this special edition of the MilitaryConnection.com newsletter.