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VA & Mental Health

How do I talk to someone right now?

Find out how to get support anytime day or night. 

If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

 

To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime day or night:

 

You can also:

  • Call 911.

  • Go to the nearest emergency room.

  • Go directly to your nearest VA medical center. It doesn't matter what your discharge status is or if you're enrolled in VA health care.
    Find your nearest VA medical center.

What services does VA provide for PTSD?

 

The VA has almost 200 PTSD treatment programs across the country that offer:

  • 1-to-1 mental health assessment and testing to figure out if you have PTSD

  • Medicine proven to work for treating PTSD

  • 1-to-1 psychotherapy (also called talk therapy). This includes proven methods like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

  • 1-to-1 family therapy

  • Group therapy for special needs, like anger or stress management, or combat support

  • Group therapy for Veterans who served in certain combat zones or who’ve been through similar traumas

 

They also offer other forms of treatment and support:

  • PTSD specialists provide regular outpatient care to Veterans with PTSD in each VA medical center across the U.S.

  • Special residential (live-in) or inpatient care programs—found in each region of the U.S.—help Veterans with severe PTSD symptoms who have trouble doing normal daily activities (like going to work).

  • Providers offer added PTSD care in some of our large community-based outpatient clinics.

You can also visit MAKE THE CONNECTION for additional information

Launched in 2011, MakeTheConnection.net connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans’ own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.

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