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SAMHSA News - January/February 2008, Volume 16, Number 1


Resources for Veterans

SAMHSA

Web Page: www.samhsa.gov/vets

  • Webcasts and conferences on recovery

  • How to find treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues

  • Publications about coping with trauma

  • Statistical reports and more

  • Read SAMHSA News online, May/June 2007.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK

A new prompt offers the option of pressing #1 and connecting directly to a special VA suicide crisis line, located in Canandaigua, NY, and staffed by mental health professionals.

Office of Applied Studies

To access the recent Office of Applied Studies short report, Serious Psychological Distress and Substance Use Disorder among Veterans, visit http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/veteransDual/veteransDual.cfm.

Also see "Statistics on Mental Health" for an overview.

SAMHSA News

Coverage of the first conference on veterans and their families, “The Road Home: National Conference on Returning Veterans and Their Families,” is included in the May/June 2006 issue, available online at www.samhsa.gov/SAMHSA_News.

SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

To access this searchable directory of alcohol and drug treatment programs, visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA)

Providers can refer veterans to care in VA’s 153 medical centers, more than 600 clinics, and more than 200 Vet Centers that can be located through the “Find a Facility” tab at www.va.gov. Also available:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD)

  • America Supports You. An official Web site of DoD, connects individuals and organizations to hundreds of homefront groups offering a variety of support services to the military community. Visit www.americasupportsyou.mil.

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NATIONAL GUARD

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NON-FEDERAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Vets4Vets. Offers a place for veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to help each other through peer support. Visit www.vets4vets.us.

  • AMVETS. Provides assistance to veterans across the Nation in addition to supporting community service initiatives. Visit www.amvets.org.

  • National Veterans Foundation. Offers public awareness programs and outreach services for veterans. Visit www.nvf.org.

  • Operation Healthy Reunions. Provides education about mental health issues among soldiers and their families. Visit www.nmha.org/reunions.

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Provides a support network for the surviving families of those who have died in military service. Visit www.taps.org.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Addresses critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health, traumatic brain Injury, the VA system, and health coverage. Visit www.iava.org/resources-for-vets.

For additional links to information from the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps, visit SAMHSA News online, May/June 2006.

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