Get Help: Learn About Treatment
Learn About Treatment
No matter how you served or what you’ve experienced in military or civilian life, you may be facing challenges that affect your health, relationships and life — but you don’t have to face them alone. VA is here to provide and connect you with clinical resources and peer support to confront and manage any mental health challenge. Your VA provider will work with you to determine the right evidence-based treatments, medications and therapies for your needs.
Explore the sections below to learn more about treatment at VA.
Evidence-based therapies have proven to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions. These effective therapies are always evolving to meet Veterans where they are in their recovery journey and provide the best possible opportunity for improved mental health and well-being. There are multiple evidence-based therapy options available to you, depending on your specific mental health condition and treatment needs. Find more information on evidence-based therapy or other treatment options that can meet your needs by exploring the links below:
For most mental health conditions, a combination of medications and psychosocial support and therapy offers the best opportunity for reducing symptoms and restoring prior levels of functioning. No treatment affects everyone the same way, so it is important for you and your provider to work together to determine which medication may be the most effective for you.
Supportive Treatment Options
Beyond evidence-based therapies, VA offers other supportive therapy options tailored to meet each Veteran’s needs. VA facilities offer mental health treatment services including talk therapy, supported work settings, residential programs and other therapies, all designed to align with your preferences and lifestyle. Talk to your VA health care provider about the options available in your area.
At VA, the More You Share, the More You Learn
At VA, many Veterans work closely with their providers to make decisions about their health care. They say they feel empowered to ask questions and have open, honest conversations. Talk with your provider and start mapping out your treatment plan together.
VA offers treatment in many different care settings. Expand the sections below to learn about the various ways to receive mental health information, trainings and treatment.
- If you’re already using VA medical services, ask your primary care provider to help you make an appointment with a VA mental health provider.
- If you’re not already using VA medical services, contact your nearest VA medical center or Vet Center to talk about your needs and how to enroll.
- You can access mental health support wherever you are, whenever you need it. VA’s mental health apps can help you manage PTSD-related symptoms and stress, learn to practice mindfulness, cope with depression, and more.
- Veteran Training is a self-help portal that provides tools for overcoming everyday challenges. The portal has tools to help Veterans work on problem-solving skills, manage anger, develop parenting skills, and more, in an entirely anonymous environment. The free tools are based on mental health practices that have proven successful with Veterans and their families.