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VA's Gateway to Mental Health Help Posted Feb 6, 2012
Dealing with a mental health problem is hard enough. Getting help for these issues should not be hard. VA provides numerous ways for Veterans to get the help they may need to keep mentally healthy.
The best place to start looking is on this VA Mental Health site.
Here, you will find links to learn more about dealing with:
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Substance Abuse
You can also find a program that will help you and your loved ones.
Connect with Vets You Can Relate To
A lot of Vets are visiting the new program called “Make the Connection.” It’s a way for Veterans and their friends and family members to share information and solutions to issues affecting their health and well-being in their everyday lives.
On MakeTheConnection.net, you will hear inspiring stories of strength.
You will learn what has worked for Veterans and discover positive steps you can take — all in the words of Veterans just like you.
You get to select the conflict where you served, your branch of the service, whether you were in combat, and if you are male or female. A very effective filter that takes you right to people you can relate to.
Talking about it with other Vets who say, “Yeah, I hear you,” can be very helpful.
PTSD? We have an App for That
Under PTSD on the Mental Health web site, you can get information on the Mobile App: PTSD Coach. It can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.
Learn more about the PTSD Coach Mobile app at the VA PTSD site.
- Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work.
- Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms.
- Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms.
- Direct links to support and help.
- Always available when you need it.
Almost all service members will have reactions after returning from deployment. These behaviors and feelings are normal, especially during the first weeks at home.
Despite the challenges of reintegration, most service members will eventually successfully readjust with few problems. Seeking solutions to problems is a sign of strength. Don't hesitate to take advantage of the resources that are available to you and your loved ones.
Having knowledge, coping skills, and social support will positively influence your ability and attitude to handle the uncertainties post-deployment and better prepare you for the coming reintegration.
This website is your link to VA programs and services and other resources: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/returningservicevets.asp.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that puts Veterans, friendsand families in crisis in touch with qualified, caring VA responders.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans still coping with mental health issues not yet addressed, to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life. Watch the Veterans Crisis Line video.
Here to Help
Whether you are a Veteran, a family member or just a friend who knows someone who served, save this information, print it out and have it handy if the need arises. VA is here to help Vets like you, or someone you know, deal with their mental health issues.
You may be just one click away from the answer to a problem you thought was yours alone. Many of our employees are Vets, too. They’ve been there. They understand.
Get in touch with us today and let us help you get back to the life you want to live.