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Five Mental Health Resources for Veterans

Carrie Steckl, Ph.D.

soldierIf you are a veteran or are caring for one, here are some mental health resources to make the journey a little easier:

MentalHealth.va.gov - The official mental health resources website of the Department of Veterans Affairs includes information about mental health issues, online educational programs to strengthen mental health resilience, and avenues to get help, such as an online/telephone crisis portal.

VA Caregiver Support - This portal was also created by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with caregivers in mind. The comprehensive resource includes information about available services, tips and checklists to stay organized, and new resources for caregivers of post-9/11 veterans. They also have a toll-free support line at 1-855-260-3274.

eBenefits - Finally! The VA has created an online portal where veterans and their families can learn about available mental health benefits, keep records updated in a secure online space, and apply for and access all benefits from one site.

National Military Family Association - This is a more general site focused on improving quality of life for military families, but the association maintains a helpful page specifically on mental health issues.

National Resource Directory - "Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers with those who support them," the directory includes a page focused on medical, psychological, and behavioral health conditions which links to hundreds of guides, tips, and services. If you are a veteran or care for one, thank you for what you do. Your generosity, courage, and resourcefulness will never be forgotten.