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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

One moment can inspire a Veteran to make a positive change. This Mental Health Month, hear about some of the moments that mattered most.

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World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is May 31. Encourage Veterans to stub out the smoke, ditch the dip, or spit out the chew. Better really can start today!

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Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line

If you are a Veteran in crisis or having thoughts of suicide – or you’re concerned about one – call the Veterans Crisis Line.

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If you are in immediate crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.

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Find Mental Health Support

Your mental health is a critical component to your overall wellness. If you are experiencing mental health challenges, or suspect a family member would benefit from talking to a mental health provider, VA offers ways to help. Veterans and their family members can connect with support through in-person appointments at local VA facilities, telehealth sessions, and online resources. Learn more about how you or someone you care about can find help, either in your local community or online.

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Mental Health Topics

From anxiety, to depression, to posttraumatic stress, there is a wide range of conditions that can affect your mental health. These pages will walk you through mental health conditions and other mental health topics, and outline programs and services that are in place to help. Explore self-help tools, or download a screening checklist to see if common symptoms apply to you or a loved one.

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Unsure Where to Begin?

Are you a Veteran looking for mental health support? Or a family member who wants to know more about the common signs of posttraumatic stress? Or a community provider currently treating a Veteran? Find the group you most identify with, then proceed to support and resources that are tailored for you.

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Mental Health Updates

Explore the latest mental health news, resources, and real-life stories of mental health recovery.

VA Launches Digital Campaign Encouraging Mental Health Conversations »

The Moment When campaign highlights many moments in the broader mental health recovery process: from the moment when a Veteran reached out for support, to the moment when the Veteran realized treatment was working.

A New Take on Mental Health – Post Traumatic Growth »

May is Mental Health Awareness month, which provides us with an excellent opportunity to talk about a much-discussed, and often misunderstood, subject that affects all of us.

Veterans Find Support via Pathways to Recovery »

The Veterans in Pathways to Recovery represent all branches of service, from Vietnam through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They meet weekly to offer support and share their stories with one another.

VA Ensures Veterans Have Same-day Access to Emergency Mental Health Care »

As part of the VA’s efforts to provide the best mental health care access possible, VA is reminding Veterans that it offers all Veterans same-day access to emergency mental health care at any VA health care facility across the country.

Kansas VA ‘Home Telehealth’ Program Aims to Prevent Veteran Suicides »

Staff members of the Telehealth Suicide Prevention Program at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, are using telehealth tools to address both physical and mental obstacles to care by supporting Veterans during their transition out of inpatient psychiatric clinics.

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