Mental Health – Resources
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, find support with some of the following resources:
- The Department of Defense Safe Helpline is a crisis support service for members of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault that provides live, one-on-one specialized support and information.
- Available 24/7, from anywhere in the world, Safe Helpline is confidential, anonymous and secure.
- When survivors are ready, Safe Helpline staff will connect them to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Victim Advocate.
Military Crisis Line
- The Military Crisis Line connects a person in need to a trained counselor with a single phone call or click of a mouse.
- This confidential, immediate help is available 24/7 at no cost to active-duty, Guard and reserve members, their families and friends.
- In the United States call 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat at the Military Crisis Line or by texting to 838255.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
- USA Cares pays essential household bills while a wounded service member or veteran is attending residential treatment for a traumatic brain injury or PTSD.
- Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled laptops and personal GPS systems to service members recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries including traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
- National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder provides research and education on trauma and PTSD with a mission to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events with a focus on American veterans.
Traumatic brain injury
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center created the A Head for the Future initiative to raise awareness and lower the risk of concussion. The campaign offers information about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of brain injuries and educates service members and veterans about how to prevent them.
- Paws and Effect, a nonprofit organization based in Iowa, raises and trains service dogs and places them with military veterans with combat service-related issues such as TBI, PTSD, physical injury and special needs.
- The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.
- Veterans Affairs Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) System of Care is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving veterans and service members with both combat and civilian related TBI and polytrauma.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers phone and chat services to anyone who has been affected by relationship abuse, including those who are currently in abusive relationships, those who are working to heal, friends or family of victims and survivors and anyone who has questions about domestic violence.
- Call 800-799-7233 24/7 or access live chat from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Your installation’s Family Advocacy Program or military health care provider can assist you if you’re the victim of domestic abuse.
- Your installation’s Family Advocacy Program will have a point of contact for child welfare and safety.
- Each state has its own civilian office dedicated to child services. A comprehensive list of contact information for each state can be found at the National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence website.
- The Department of Defense has a designated line, 877-790-1197, for reporting of suspicions of child abuse in a Department of Defense facility. For overseas, call collect 571-372-5348 (local charges may apply).
- Help is also available through the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-799-7233.
Mental health conditions
- TRICARE is the health care program for military members and their families. The program is divided into three regions (North, South and West), and offers overseas assistance.
- The TRICARE Military Treatment Facility Locator is the locator tool for military treatment centers.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides information on a variety of mental health topics and list current clinical trials that allow persons to access treatment for free. Call (866) 615-6464.
Substance use disorders
- Free counseling services for alcohol and substance use disorders are available through the installation to service members and their family members.
- Contact your branch substance use disorder prevention program: Army Substance Abuse Program, Marine Corps Substance Abuse Program, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, and Air Force Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Mental Health Information Center provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, including affordable mental health services.
- The center offers a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to assist persons seeking treatment facilities in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for substance use disorder, addiction and mental health problems. Call 800-789-2647.
Deployment Health Clinical Center
- The Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center website provides a list of resources for service members and their families and a link to the Department of Defense Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (alcohol and mental health screening).
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mental health resources
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mental health resources provides information about mental health and support services specifically for veterans, such as the following programs:
- The VA Mental Health connects veterans and their families to mental health services. The programs aim to enable people with mental health problems to live meaningful lives in their communities and achieve their full potential.
- Vet Centers: Community-based centers that provide a range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
- National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: This hotline is intended to assist homeless veterans or veterans at-risk for homelessness and give them access to trained counselors 24/7.
- Make the Connection is VA’s public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness on mental health symptoms, conditions, and treatment.
Online screening tools
- Free, confidential, online screenings for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD and other conditions are available at http://www.mhascreening.org, Mental Health America's screening service.
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers a broad range of information about post-traumatic stress disorder and treatment options as well as a VA facilities locator. You may also call (802) 296-6300.
National Resource Directory
- The National Resource Directory, or NRD, connects wounded warriors, injured and ill service members, veterans, and their families with national, state, and local support programs. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
- Moving Forward is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches problem-solving skills to help you to better handle life's challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, service members and their families.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat by texting to 838255.