Get Help Now – Crisis Resources – If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest Emergency Room, or call the Veterans Crisis Line available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454). Veterans press “1” after you call.
Veterans Crisis Line – For veterans and family members. Communicate via phone (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), chat, or text with a professional counselor. Hundreds of veterans have told me they received very helpful advice and support from the Veterans Crisis Line. In fact, I have never heard anything negative about the Crisis Line, which says a lot. A documentary about the Veterans Crisis Line won an Academy Award in 2015.
VA Mental Health Resources
Suicide Warning Signs – Are you or a family member at risk for suicide?
PTSD Info from other Vets – Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who’ve experienced it. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.
National Center for PTSD – Extensive information, resources, and help for military veterans and their families from the international leader in PTSD research, education, and public awareness.
Online Mental Health Screening Questionnaires – These online questionnaires help you determine if you have an alcohol or other drug problem; depression; or PTSD.
Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families (PDF) | También está disponible en español: Guía de Servicios de Salud Mental que el Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos Ofrece a los Veteranos y sus Familias
Military Sexual Trauma Fact Sheet – What is MST? How can the VA help? This fact sheet answers those and other important questions.
Vet Center Program – Vet Centers provide free counseling to combat veterans, military sexual assault survivors, and their families.
==> Note that if you search on the Vet Center website for a location near you, the results will give you only the main office in your region. It does not give you satellite offices, or private practice therapists who see Vet Center patients at no cost to you, or Vet Center therapists who meet with vets at other locations in your region. I don’t know why this info is not on the Vet Center website, but that’s the way it is.
Therefore, I suggest that you use the search engine on the Vet Center Locations page – but do not click on the map for your state, instead use the search field at the top, enter your Zip Code, and click Go. Then call the two Vet Center main offices nearest to you and ask them what they have available close to you that is not on the website.
Here are two excellent articles about Vet Centers:
Vet Centers – The Best Kept Secret of the VA – “There is one option [for combat vets] that is astoundingly easy to access even for active duty personnel but is still infuriatingly the best kept secret in the VA. The Vet Center.” Excellent blog post on ChicagoNow.
What is a Vet Center and what do they do there? – This website provides the answer!
VA Health Care – VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics around the United States provide primary care, mental health, specialty care, nursing home and hospice services, and much more.
Easy Ways to Apply for VA Health Care – Several ways to apply for VA health care if you are not currently enrolled for care at a VA medical center.
VA Health Care Benefits Explorer – Enter your military service information and brief financial info to find out which VA health care services you can receive for free or with a copay.
Determine the Cost of VA Health Care for You – Another online method to get an idea of how much (if any) your VA health care will cost.
Financial Hardship – If times are tough, you probably qualify for free or very low-cost VA health care.
Telephone assistance – Call 1-877-222-8387 – M-F, 0800 to 2000 Eastern Time.