S.T.A.R Behavioral Health
Help for First Responders, Military and Veterans with PTSD and Addiction
Nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety — many first responders, soldiers and veterans, and their families, struggle with these and other symptoms every day. If you’ve served your country or your community and are now dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTS), a drug or alcohol addiction, or other mental health issues, don’t go it alone. Turn to people who know what you’re going through, and more importantly, how to help you get past it.
Garden Park Medical Center’s STAR (Stress, Trauma, Addiction, Recovery) program is the only one of its kind in the Mississippi Bay area. Our unit provides 24-hour care and treatment for active-duty military, veterans, first responders and their dependents with PTS and addiction.
Mental health professionals who’ve been there
Our board-certified clinical psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners both have military experience and specialized training in working with soldiers, veterans and first responders. They understand their behavioral health challenges have helped hundreds of military families and individuals such as first responders that suffer from related mental health challenges . They’ll work with you and your doctor to help you find the best path to long-term well-being and peace of mind.
Reach out for help
You can contact us directly to see if you qualify and would benefit from the STAR program. You’ll need to be evaluated by your doctor or another medical professional, and we’ll work with your doctor to create a treatment plan. We also accept referrals from military physicians and commanding officers.
STAR Wellness Program Frequently Asked Questions
The program might be the answer if you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms such as:
- Depression, anxiety, irritability or other mood changes
- Nightmares or flashbacks of combat-related or other trauma
- Avoidance of places, people or events related to the trauma
- Low interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Feeling alone and alienated from others
- Hypervigilance (always on guard, frequently checking doors and windows, sensitive to noises or surprises)
- Self-destructive or reckless behavior
- Thoughts of self-harm or of harm to others
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Overuse or abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs or other substances
If symptoms like these are interfering with your life, work, family or other relationships, please seek help. If the STAR program is not the right fit, talk to your doctor or other trusted professional about how to find the help you need.
General visiting hours are from 2:30-4:30pm.
- The Commander of the 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force Base
- The Lieutenant Commander of the Medical Services Corps of the United States Navy
- The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
- Mississippi Mental Health Association