It Gets Better
“I decided I needed to do something, and I needed to do it now and give it 100%. So, I went back to the VA.” Hear Lucinda’s story.
There are proven ways to help Veterans recover from alcohol or drug use disorders. VA has many resources to help Veterans find support.
Veterans Crisis Line
If you are a Veteran in crisis — or you’re concerned about one — free, confidential support is available 24/7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mental Health Updates
Explore the latest mental health news, resources, and real-life stories of mental health recovery.
There are many reasons people want to quit tobacco, and the great part is the benefits of quitting begin almost immediately.
Hear how Tony, a former U.S. Army infantryman, overcame alcohol problems and PTSD with the support of his wife, Kacie.
The latest public service announcement from Make the Connection lets Veterans know that we offer hope and a chance for a better future.
There are many joyous things about the holiday season, but this time of year can also bring on stress, depression, and other challenges.