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  • Families for Depression Awareness*: Families for Depression Awareness helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.

Evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs):

If your loved one is eligible for VA care and is struggling with a mental health condition, he/she may want to consider EBPs. EBPs are very effective for treating various mental health difficulties (i.e., PTSD, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, Serious Mental Illness, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Family/Relationship Distress, Stress). Each VA medical center offers one or more specific evidence-based psychotherapies for these mental health conditions.

Parenting

Zero to Three*: Zero to Three's Coming Together Around Military Families initiative works to strengthen the resilience of young children and families who are impacted by deployment-related issues. Operation New Dawn provides reintegration resources to support military families with young children. 

Military HOMEFRONT*: Provides up-to-date information about Department of Defense programs serving troops and their families. Of particular interest, may be the Parent Fact Sheets* which cover the periods of pre- deployment, deployment and reunion.

Military Child Education Coalition*: A nonprofit focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

Parenting for Service Members and Veterans: A free anonymous online program to help Veteran parents to manage the unique challenges they encounter, improve skills and strengthen their families.

Parenting Toolkit: Five age-based toolkits (infant, pre-school, toddler, school-age, and teenager) and a provider guide specifically targeting Veteran parents and their significant others.

Military Families

VA Mental Health Services & Vet Center Services (also available in Spanish): Brochure provides information on counseling services for returning Veterans and their families.

Coaching Into Care: A VA call center that offers family members advice on how to help a Veteran get into care. The program offers the following free services: encouragement and information about getting an evaluation and services, referrals to services for Veterans and their family members and family member coaching to motivate Veterans for evaluation/consultation.

Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Personnel: As a military family member you want to understand what to expect during reintegration following time in a war zone, and to help your loved one adapt back to home life. Reintegration is an adjustment for all involved. This guide can assist with common reintegration challenges making the process smoother.

Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library*: Provides resources on topics related to financial readiness, household & property readiness, legal readiness, personal & family readiness and readiness contacts.

Military Families Knowledge Bank*: Provides resources designed to assist Military Family Members and their Health Care and Service Providers.

Web Resources

MakeTheConnection.net: Visit this site to view hundreds of stories from Veterans of all service eras who have overcome mental health issues. MakeTheConnection.net is a one-stop resource where Veterans and their families and friends can privately explore information on mental health, hear fellow Veterans and their families share their stories of resilience, and easily find and access the support and resources they need.
Watch video testimonials from MakeTheConnection Veterans who have found effective solutions to issues affecting their lives, and to learn more about treatment and recovery.

Coaching Into Care: A VA call center that offers family members advice on how to help a Veteran get into care. The program offers the following free services: encouragement and information about getting an evaluation and services, referrals to services for Veterans and their family members and family member coaching to motivate Veterans for evaluation/consultation.

Give an Hour*: Provides free mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joint Service Support: Local Community Resource Finder*: A local community resource finder that can help you located a Family Program Team, Transition Assistance Advisor and more (serves all components and branches of the military and their family members).

Military OneSource: A 27/7 Resource of Military Members, Spouses & Families*: Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation Status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit today or call 1-800-342-9647.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)*: A public voice for caregivers. Their programs (information, education, services, research and advocacy) support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

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