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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 

Resources for Veterans


Web Page:

  • 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, May/June 2007.

Previously in SAMHSA News

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

A prompt offers the option of pressing #1 and connecting directly to a special veterans suicide crisis line, located in Canandaigua, NY, and staffed by mental health professionals (see SAMHSA News online, July/August 2008).

Office of Applied Studies

Recent short reports:

Also see “Statistics on Mental Health” for an overview.

SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

To access this searchable directory of alcohol and drug treatment programs, visit

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 through the VA Web site. Also available:

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.
  • Military OneSource. Offers active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members and their families a 24/7, toll-free information and referral telephone service (1-800-342-9647). Includes educational and supportive materials on more than a dozen topics, including crisis, parenting, deployment, and relationships.

Military Web Sites

Non-Federal Organizations

  • Vets4Vets. Offers a place for veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to help each other through peer support.
  • AMVETS. Provides assistance to veterans across the Nation in addition to supporting community service initiatives.
  • National Veterans Foundation. Offers public awareness programs and outreach services for veterans.
  • Operation Healthy Reunions. Provides education about mental health issues among soldiers and their families.
  • 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.
  • Welcome Back Veterans. Sponsored by Major League Baseball and the Ad Council, seeks to raise public awareness about issues facing today’s veterans, and to raise funds to support programs and services that these returning soldiers need.


Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children's mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update

  National Survey on Drug Use  
  and Health  

Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.

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Recovery Month Testimonials

Two people relate their personal stories of addiction, recovery, and hope.

  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.

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