Mental Health Resources

This resource page is a place for all people to access mental health information that is about veterans and nonveterans. It is a place where civilians can learn more about the difficulties veterans may face. Included below are resources for researching the best treatments, locating and estimating the cost of a therapist, saving on prescription drugs, the suicide hotline number or ways to get help immediately for veterans and civilians, and mental health screening. As well as the specifics for VA (veterans affairs), treatment info, and a program locator.

Women Veterans’ Health Program

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The Women Veterans’ Health Program mission is to monitor and coordinate VA health care and programs for women Veterans. The health care they provide includes, primary care, preventive health, gynecology, and maternity services. They are equipped to provide one-stop services in women’s health clinics at VA medical centers.

They also advocate for women Veterans and women serving in the military.

Take a tour of their facilities and see how they are making a difference in the lives and health of women Veterans. They also encourage scheduling an appointment with the Women Veterans Program Manager prior to visiting. Contact your nearest facility and ask to speak with the Women Veterans Program Manager to schedule an appointment. To find the nearest VA facility, visit the VA Facility directory.

For more information about Women Veterans Health and what they’re doing to improve health care services and improve the VA culture for women Veterans, call the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-Women (1-855-829-6636), or visit Women Veterans’ Health Care

Researching the best treatments:

Start at the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org. There you can look up treatment options for more than a dozen disorders, from ADHD to schizophrenia, plus find discussion groups and support tips.

Finding support:

The nonprofit group Mental Health America has as a “Finding Help” section on its website. They have both educational materials and search tools that help families locate support groups and other nearby resources.

Picking a therapist:

Use the therapist directories at GoodTherapy.org and PsychologyToday.com. Search by zip code to find names and contact information, as well as insurance acceptance, credentials, and rates. You can also narrow your search by type of condition.

Also, your insurer’s online portal may also have a search tool.

Estimating the costs:

Because many mental health professionals don’t take insurance, you may have to go out of network, which likely means higher out-of-pocket costs. At FairHealthConsumer.org, you can look up a typical charge for a therapy session near you (use code 90834 to search). You’ll also see an estimated charge based on what’s called the “usual, customary, and reasonable” price, which is what out-of-network reimbursements are based on.

Saving on prescription drugs:

At GoodRx.com, you can search by drug name to find the lowest prices at pharmacies in your area and you can also find coupons.

NeedyMeds.org is a national nonprofit organization that offers free information on programs that help people who can’t afford their medications (or other health-care costs).

The comprehensive database at RxAssist.org lists patient assistance programs set up by drug companies for those who have trouble affording their medications.

Resources in building a stronger family

 

Program Locators

Treatment Info

Screening Tools

All the mental health screening tools can be found here at MyHealth e-Vet

Depression

  • Depression Screening (PHQ-9): If you are wondering if you have symptoms of depression, you can take this brief, confidential and anonymous screen. Only you will see the results and none of the results will be stored or sent anywhere.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Screening (PCL): Anyone can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, i.e., car accident, abuse, death of a loved one, etc. A person who went through trauma can take a screen to see if he or she could have PTSD. A screen is a short list of questions just to see if a person needs to be assessed further. A positive screen does not mean a person has PTSD, it just means that this person should be assessed further by a mental health provider.

Substance Abuse

  • Alcohol Use Screening (AUDIT-C): If you are wondering if you have symptoms of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence, you can take this brief, confidential and anonymous screen. Only you will see the results and none of the results will be stored or sent anywhere.
  • Substance Abuse Screening (ASSIST): This brief screen is about alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs. It will ask you about your experience of using these substances across your lifetime and in the past three months.

Goals for the Family

 

VA Benefits & Claims

  • Inquiry Routing & Information System (Iris): Use this link to search frequently asked questions and answers, to ask questions, or to submit compliments, complaints and suggestions.
  • VA Health Care1-877-222-8387
  • Sign up for VA Healthcare: Link to VA Form 10-10EZ -Application for Medical Benefits.
  • eBenefits: A one-stop shop for benefits-related online tools and information. Designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and those who care for them.
  • VA Benefits/General Information: Link to the A-Z Benefit Information Index or call 1-800-827-1000. Also contains Benefits Fact Sheets, which provide basic information on VA benefit programs by category (e.g. general benefit information, Veterans with service-connected disabilities, home loans, etc.)
  • Veterans On Line Application: VONAPP website enables service members, Veterans, their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the internet (compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, education and burial benefits).
  • Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s): VSO’s, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and many others, can help you with VA claims and paperwork. VSO’s chartered by Congress or recognized by VA can advocate for you and represent you in VA claims.
  • State Veterans Affairs Offices: In addition to the federal VA, every state has an Office of Veterans Affairs. These offices have personnel that can advocate for you and help with VA claims and paperwork.

Get Help Now

If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest Emergency Room, or call the Veterans Crisis Line available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454). Veterans press “1” after you call.
You can also chat live online with a crisis counselor 24/7 by visiting the Veterans Crisis Line website.

  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you can contact the National VA Call Center 24/7 at 1-877-424-3838 (also intended for Veterans families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community). You can also chat live online 24/7 through the Homeless Veterans Chat service.
  • DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: Resources for Suicide Prevention: You will find ready access to hotlines, treatments, professional resources, forums and multiple media designed to link you to others. This site supports all Service Branches, the National Guard and the Reserves,Veterans, families and providers.
  • DCoE Outreach Center: The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) runs a resource center that provides information and resources about psychological health (PH), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The center can be contacted 24/7 by phone at 866-966-1020, by e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org, or you can also go to DCoE Outreach Center Live Chat.
  • Military OneSource: Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to Service Members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns. Call and talk anytime, 24/7 at 1-800-342-9647.
  • National Resource Directory (NRD): The NRD is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with those who support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel, and other services & resources. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.