Take the Next Step to Get Help for the Impacts of MST
Military Sexual Trauma
Take the Next Step
For help with treatment and health care related to experiences of MST, please contact your VHA MST Coordinator.
This website focuses on the MST-related health care services that VA has available. For help with disability compensation related to MST, please contact the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) MST Outreach Coordinator at your local VBA Regional Office. However, please note for those eligible for care, neither documentation of the MST experience nor a VA disability compensation rating is required to get MST-related treatment 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 and ask to speak to the MST Coordinator. 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 services online.
Beyond MST Mobile App
Beyond MST is a free, secure and private self-help mobile app created specifically to support the health and well-being of survivors of MST. The app has over 30 specialized tools and other features to help MST survivors cope with challenges, manage symptoms, improve their quality of life and find hope. It can also help users connect with both VA and community resources. Users do not need to create an account or be in treatment to use the app. Any personal information entered in the app is not shared with anyone, including the VA.
Mental Health 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.
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 myhealth.va.gov.
This self-help portal provides tools to help Veterans overcome everyday challenges in an entirely anonymous environment. Using the tools, you can work on problem-solving, manage anger, develop parenting skills and more. The free tools are based on mental health practices that have proven successful with Veterans and their families.
If you experienced sexual assault or harassment during military service, the Vet Centers can help you get the counseling you need. Any Veteran or service member, who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) while serving on active duty, or active duty for training or inactive duty for training is eligible to receive counseling. This applies to people of all genders from any service era. Our counselors use a trauma-informed care approach to provide therapy and supportive services to those who have experienced MST.
Vet Centers offer counseling and referral services including:
- Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
- Individual and group counseling
- Substance abuse assessment and referral
- Family and couples counseling for military related concerns
- Bereavement (grief) counseling
Veterans may also call 877-927-8387 to talk to a fellow Veteran about their experiences 24/7.
Resources and support outside of VA
Veterans may obtain support from some government agencies and community organizations outside of VA.
Building Hope and Resiliency Online Course
This self-guided program helps active duty Service members begin to recover, heal, and enhance their resiliency after experiencing sexual assault in the military. This resource is also useful for providers working with survivors.
Department of Defense Safe Helpline
This crisis support service is available to any member of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault. You can click, call, or text to get anonymous one-on-one advice, support, and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to www.safehelpline.org for a live chat or to view resources.
Information about the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.
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 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:
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.
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.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE).
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