The federal government resources below provide mental health information that may be helpful in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak.
CDC Guidance on Staying Up to Date With Your Vaccines — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on who should get a booster, and when, based on which vaccine they initially received.
Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know — This page provides information on how Veterans can get tested for COVID-19 at VA as well as answers to other common questions.
FDA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regularly maintains this page with information about COVID-19 prevention, vaccines, and treatments.
Increasing Comfort with Wearing Masks During Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Even as Americans are being vaccinated, the recommendation to wear masks in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 might last a good deal longer. VA provides Veterans with strategies to increase comfort with wearing masks. Tips for providers are also available.
National Center for PTSD COVID-19 Resources for Managing Stress — This page provides practical steps for Veterans to manage stress related to COVID-19.
CDC Guidance on Coping with Stress — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance on managing stress and taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My HealtheVet — If you're a Veteran receiving VA health care, you can communicate with your care team, track your health information, and access your VA health records from your computer or mobile device. This site describes and provides links to connected care technologies for Veterans.
VA Office of Connected Care Veterans Webpage — This page provides information, FAQs, and videos to help Veterans use and launch VA Video Connect in their web browsers or download it from Apple or Google Play for mobile devices. VA Video Connect provides secure video visits with your VA care team from anywhere.
Unemployment Benefits — An update to this website provides information on the new federal law allowing states to change their unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by COVID-19 as well as links to state unemployment insurance websites.
VA Benefits (General and GI Bill Page) — This webpage provides updates and information on financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans and their dependents.
VA Debt Relief Options — This page includes the latest info on VA’s financial relief actions and time limit extensions related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit — This webpage offers guidance for managing and responding to signs of stress in children and young adults.
Psych Armor S.A.V.E. — This course is designed to help individuals identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide and explains what to do once risk is identified.
Veterans Crisis Line — The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online to receive confidential crisis intervention and support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
VA Suicide Prevention Page — This website provides information on suicide risk and prevention and links to VA and external sources of support for Veterans and their families in need of mental health support. Download the household safety risks brochure for more information on the safe storage of firearms and medication in your home.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors — Grief and bereavement are a normal part of life, and more Americans may face the loss of loved ones as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. This program connects Veterans and their families to grief counseling and support.
#LiveWholeHealth Blog Series — This series highlights self-care resources — such as video sessions for yoga or meditation—that Veterans can experience at home. The blogs feature breathing exercises, stretching, meditation, fitness, yoga, tai chi, and more.
Mental Health Apps for Veterans — These apps help Veterans manage feelings of stress and anxiety and also remain in contact with their VA care providers.
Veteran Training — This online, self-paced course is designed to help Veterans improve their quality of sleep as well as their problem-solving, anger management, and parenting skills.
VA Nutrition and Food Services Food Insecurity Page — This page provides resources to promote food security among Veterans, including educational handouts and links to COVID-19 specific information.