Anxiety: Take the Next Step - Mental Health
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Anxiety: Take the Next Step

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Take the Next Step

Now that you’ve learned about anxiety and available treatment options, take the next step. Explore the following resources and connected care options to get started at VA.

Schedule a mental health appointment.

  • If you're already using VA health care, ask your primary care provider to help you make an appointment for VA mental health services.
  • If you're not already using VA health care, contact your nearest VA medical center to talk about your needs. Find your nearest VA medical center or Vet Center
  • New to VA? Apply for health care benefits.  Getting started is simple. Create a free account online to help ease your enrollment process. Start your application today

Access mental health services online.

Telehealth: You can connect with VA mental health services through a computer or mobile device in your home or at your nearest VA health facility. To set up telephone or video appointments, Veterans can send their health care team a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting

Veteran Training: This self-help portal provides tools to help Veterans overcome everyday challenges in an entirely anonymous environment. Using the tools, Veterans can work on problem-solving, manage their anger, develop parenting skills, and more. The free tools are based on mental health practices that have proven successful with Veterans and their families.

Mobile Apps: Access mental health support wherever you are, whenever you need it. These mobile apps are specifically designed to support you in managing mental health conditions, including anxiety.

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Mindfulness Coach

This app will help you ground yourself in the present moment, a technique that can help you cope better with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.

Download on the App Store

Vet Centers: Support for MST survivors and combat Veterans

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Combat Veterans may visit one of VA's Vet Centers to get free individual and group counseling for themselves and their families. You can access these services even if you're not enrolled in VA health care and aren't receiving disability compensation.

Vet Centers offer counseling services for issues including:

  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Readjustment following military separation
  • Bereavement (grief)
  • Employment
  • Substance misuse assessment and referral

Find a Vet Center near you

Combat Veterans also may call 877-927-8387 to talk with a fellow combat Veteran about their experiences, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Resources and support outside of VA

Veterans may obtain support from some government agencies and community organizations outside of VA.

Mental health resources for Veterans, Service members, and their families
Military OneSource

This free service provides expert support to connect military personnel and their families with the best available resources to fit their needs. For support, visit the Military OneSource website or call 800-342-9647 anytime, day or night.

Psychological Health Resource Center

The center works to improve the lives of Veterans, Service members, and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health care, readiness, and prevention.

National Suicide Prevention and substance use resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

This 24/7, 365-day-a-year emergency mental health hotline offers support for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

To reach the hotline:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The foundation provides mental health resources for people experiencing thoughts of suicide and offers supportive educational tools for concerned family members, friends, and peers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's helpline offers free, confidential treatment referral and information services for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Support is available 24/7, 365 days a year, in both English and Spanish.

To reach SAMHSA's National Helpline:

Community mental health resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI helps millions of Americans build better lives by providing educational programs for families and individuals living with mental health challenges.

Mental Health America

This organization advocates for policies that promote mental health and the rights of people living with mental health challenges. It also provides education and connections to mental health resources.

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