Helpful Resources

These resources may be helpful if you need immediate or in-person help, assistance with drug problems or mental health concerns, or alternative information about managing drinking.

  • Dial 911.
  • For Veterans and Servicemembers:

    Veterans Crisis Line

    Connects Veterans and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders 24/7. There are three ways to connect:

    • toll free hotline: call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), and press 1
    • online chat
    • text: 838255.

  • For all others:

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Connects anyone in crisis to skilled, local counselors who can help 24/7. There are two ways to connect:

VA Substance Use Programs and Services
Describes the alcohol and other substance abuse treatment programs available in VA and how to access them.

VA PTSD Treatment Locator
PTSD treatment is available at every VA medical center, but there are also specialized programs across the country. This locator can help you find one near you.

Vet Centers
Vet Centers are community-based centers that provide Veterans and their families with an array of services, including individual and group counseling, marital and family counseling, medical and benefits referrals, and employment counseling. Find a Vet Center near you by using the Vet Center National Directory http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter_flsh.asp.

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Services Locator
Find substance abuse or mental health treatment near you. Searches can be refined by type of care, specialty programs offered, and even the types of payment that are accepted.

Where to Get Help for PTSD
Strategies and resources to find the provider who is right for you. Includes links for Veterans, Servicemembers, and civilians.

Alcoholics Anonymous
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Includes a local meeting finder.

SMART Recovery
A self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. Includes a local meeting finder.

PTSD Peer Support Groups
Learn about the role of support groups in recovery from PTSD, and get strategies for finding support groups near you or online.

VA Mental Health
Authoritative mental health information and resources for Veterans and their families.

National Center for PTSD
Find self-help tools and research-based information from VA’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.

Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)
The Department of Veterans Affairs Home page for benefits and services available to returning service members.

My HealtheVet
Offers Veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.

Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans
Describes enhanced VA services available to family caregivers of post-9/11 Veterans who sustained a serious injury – including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder.

Make the Connection
Website featuring Veterans, active duty personnel, and family members sharing their stories of difficult life events and how they made connections to deal with them.

About Face
Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Services are available online or by phone at 1-800-342-9647.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Provides answers to questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury to all servicemembers: active duty, National Guard or Reservists, and Veterans. Services are available online or by phone at 866-966-1020.

Real Warriors
The Real Warriors Campaign combats the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care and treatment and encourages servicemembers to increase their awareness and use of these resource. Services are available online or via live chat.

Afterdeployment.org
Provides resources for Servicemembers dealing with common issues that occur post-deployment. Offers assessment, tips and tools, and online courses on behavioral health challenges, parenting and relationships, resilience, and stress.